Naked stag party louts spark row on Norfolk Broads

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Residents near a holiday hotspot have called for a ban on raucous stag parties after a group allegedly stripped a groom naked, threw him in the river and urinated on him.

Locals near the Norfolk Broads, a popular holiday destination for boaters, were forced to call the police when a stag party moored outside a pub on the River Bure.

One man said the stag party, with about 30 members all dressed in Peter Pan costumes, descended into chaos as the group became drunk.

Eventually the stag party are said to have thrown the groom in the water, before urinating on him in front of horrified locals.

Clive Bygrave, a regular boater on Norfolk Broads, told the Times: “They were buying drinks and shots and as they became more and more drunk they became louder and started swearing.

“Later they started throwing each other into the water.

“They then threw the bridegroom in and about five or six of them started urinating on him. They stripped him naked in front of everyone and waxed him.

“By this time all the families there had left. When the group eventually left they were bumping their boats into each other and one of them stood on the bow urinating for all of us to see.”

He claimed rivers in the area saw up to 100 stag parties at weekends, while police acknowledged they receive regular calls.

PC Paul Bassman said: “We unfortunately do have to deal with these types of incident quite regularly.

“Alcohol is often involved and most of the complaints deal with speeding and antisocial behaviour such as swearing.”

Greg Munford, chief executive of the boat hire company Richardsons Leisure, said that stag and hen parties were not banned but everyone was made aware that bad behaviour could lead to their trip being halted.

John Packman, the Broads Authority chief executive, said: “Drinking alcohol on the water can have very serious consequences for the safety of those on board as well as other Broads users.”

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