Sexual Assault Aboard a Ferry


Two men arrested after reports of sexual assault aboard a cross-channel ferry


The alleged incident is reported to have happened on the Spirit of France ship on Feb 13.

What happened?

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault aboard a P&O cross-channel ferry, police said.

The alleged incident is reported to have happened on the company’s Spirit of France ship that day and caused a 45-minute delay for passengers waiting to disembark.

The pair, aged 46 and 25, was detained and remains in police custody.

Statement issued by Police:

A Port of Dover Police statement said: “Port of Dover Police were called on Monday, February 13 to a report of an assault on a cross-Channel ferry.”

“Officers attended and two men, one aged 46 and one aged 25, were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.  They are currently in custody.”

P&O said the allegation led to a delay in travellers disembarking the ferry, which has a capacity to carry 1,750 passengers.

A P&O spokesman said: “As is our standard practice, disembarkation from the ship was unfortunately delayed for 45 minutes while officers arrived to meet the individuals involved.

“We would like to apologise sincerely to the other passengers for any inconvenience this may have caused to their onward journeys.”

Meanwhile, in a separate incident on the same sailing, P&O said a small fire broke out below decks on the Spirit of France during routine maintenance work.

The spokesman said it was a “small localised fire” which was extinguished by the crew within two minutes and no passengers were in danger.

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Source: The Scottish Sun


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