Commandos sent home after naked bar stunt

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Eight Barnstaple-based British commandos have been flown home from Norway after reportedly stripping and urinating on each other during an Arctic training exercise.

The soldiers were arrested in the town of Harstad last Wednesday night after removing their clothing, making lewd comments to women in the Sfinx Bar, and urinating on each other, it was reported today.

Bar manager Peter Holmbakken told the newspaper: "I can understand the women were offended. It's no fun to be plagued by nasty comments.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: "It's being taken extremely seriously."

"We can confirm that eight soldiers from 59 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers were arrested by the Norwegian police following inappropriate behaviour.

"All eight soldiers have been released, having paid a fine. The soldiers were in Norway on exercises and have now returned to the UK.

"The unit will consider internal disciplinary action against the soldiers regarding this incident."

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