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A clown was not the cause of a "mass brawl" which broke out on a British cruise ship leading to two arrests, P&O Cruises has said

By Jess Glass

A clown was not the cause of a "mass brawl" which broke out on a British cruise ship leading to two arrests, P&O Cruises has said.

The large fight broke out at a restaurant buffet on the Britannia cruise ship in the early hours of Friday, causing passengers to hide and flee to their cabins.

Plates and furniture were said to be used as weapons during the chaos in which six people were hurt, with some receiving significant bruising and cuts.

Announcements were made on the ship summoning staff and paramedics to the restaurant at around 2am.

Early reports said the violence erupted after a passenger dressed as a clown interrupted a black-tie party held in a restaurant. According to a female entertainer who works on the Britannia, the clown crashed a black-tie party held in the 16th-floor restaurant.

However, P&O confirmed yesterday there was no clown on board and said this was supported by ship staff.

This was confirmed by Hampshire Police.

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