Carnage fails to live up to its name

Over 1,200 students descended on Lincoln’s city centre to take part in controversial bar crawl Carnage on Monday, November 9th, an event which the police and ambulance services say was nothing more than a regular night out.

Carnage had been condemned by local councillors, residents, the University of Lincoln, and Lincoln Students’ Union, as they all claimed the event promotes binge drinking, something Carnage UK strongly denied to The Linc.

However, much like Carnage’s first event earlier in the year, it passed without any major incidents. Police and ambulance staff, alongside Carnage stewards, were all on hand to intervene in any situation that may have arisen.

Any reveller who caused trouble, or was too drunk, was marked with a large black cross on their t-shirts to signal to door staff at each venue that they should not be let in.

A spokesperson for Lincoln County Hospital told The Linc that the numbers attending A&E did not increase due to last night’s event. She also said that no extra staff were taken on to cope with any potential increase, owing to the quiet nature of the last Carnage event in Lincoln.

Dick Holmes, spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, told The Linc that there were only two arrests on the night, one for criminal damage and one for a public order offence. He said: “This is not unusual for any night in Lincoln. [Carnage] didn’t cause any great problem for Lincoln.” One officer at the event said that it was “quiet, much like the April event, which is what we expected”.

Carnage recently reached a new level of notoriety after a student attending Sheffield Hallam’s event was pictured urinating on a war memorial.

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