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Controversial pub crawl cancelled

Monday February 13 2017


The students on the pub crawl last year The students on the pub crawl last year


A PUB crawl which caused controversy after allegedly poking fun at the Alton Towers crash victims has been permanently cancelled.

The University of Nottingham Students' Union has confirmed the 7-Legged bar crawl will "cease to exist" following last year's event.

The event usually sees teams of seven embarking on a fundraising pub crawl around the city. However, students who took part in the event last year by dressing up with rollercoaster style safety harnesses while carrying fake limbs - were accused of mimicking the Smiler ride crash of 2015.

Leah Washington - from Barnsley - lost a leg because of the accident, while her boyfriend Joe Pugh was left with two shattered knees after the ride crashed into an empty carriage.

Another girl, Vicky Balch, also lost a leg due to the crash.

At the time Mr Pugh branded the students' behaviour "awful", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

Shortly afterwards, Nottingham University Students' Union released a statement refuting a link to the crash but apologising to anyone who was offended.

It said: "The costume was in no way intended to reference the tragedy that occurred on the Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers.

"Its design was based on a traditional concept that has existed for several years and no reference was made to the Smiler by the students involved.

"'7 legless' was intended to be a pun on the name of the bar crawl '7 Legged' and the state of being inebriated.

"The students involved further wish to apologise unreservedly to those affected by the Smiler incident for any offence or distress they may have unwittingly caused."