The cruise liner 'Boudica' was returned to its home port of Southampton yesterday as the Captain abandoned a Mediterranean cruise because of unruly behaviour by a number of individuals allegedly linked to Susan Boyle fan clubs.
According to witnesses the SuBo fans started drinking heavily before the ship got out of Southampton Water, and their behaviour got progressively worse, culminating in a state of near shipboard anarchy resulting in the abandonment of the cruise.
We were told that drunken Subo fans disrupted the bingo, jeered the resident vocalist and intimidated participants in the tea dance. Reports of a pitched battle between drunken SuBo fans and a group who had been trying to watch Countdown have yet to be confirmed, but we were assured that such a clash did occur on a stairway. Supposedly it was a bloody confrontation which rumbled on for over an hour before stewards could separate the warring factions.
Dozens of police officers in riot gear were waiting on the quayside for the ship to dock so that arrests could be made.
"We'll get 'em," one officer confided. "They'll be the fat drunk ones with bad hair and loud voices."
More as we get it.