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Farm students in village rampage

Sharyn O'Flynn shows fence damage
Fences, wall-fittings and chairs at the Black Horse were smashed up.

Students from the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester were forced to pay a Cotswold village 6,000 damages after going on a drunken rampage.

More than 100 students in double-decker buses descended on Amberley in Gloucestershire for a Students Union gathering at the Black Horse pub.

Fences, wall-fittings and chairs were smashed up.

The principal of the college apologised and said only a few were to blame and they would foot the bill for damage.

The event was billed Drink the Pub Dry and students paid 10 each to travel by coach to a "top secret" location.

Sharyn O'Flynn from the Black Horse said: "They ruined our village, they raped our village.

"They trashed the fence, smashed it down, they turned the picnic benches upside down.

On this occasion, they went over the top
Chris Gaskell, Principal Royal Agricultural College

"We lost about 120 glasses, they threw them, the whole of the lawn is covered in shards of glass.

"They broke furniture, they urinated against the bar, they stole bottles of port, vodka, everything that wasn't fixed down, they ripped off and took with them.

"They trashed the village, they stole paint and poured it across the village."

At least 10 students now face a disciplinary hearing and will collectively reimburse the pub and any residents whose property was damaged.

They will also have to return to Amberley and repair all damage caused, as well as helping with general maintenance by way of "giving something back to the village".

Principal Chris Gaskell said: "I and the College are deeply disturbed by the behaviour of what appears to have been a small minority of our students on Friday evening.

"I would like to sincerely apologise to those affected in Amberley.

"On this occasion, they went over the top.

"They know that and indeed all the students we've spoken to are very upset about this and very contrite about what happened."



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