Flamingo Land expel group from theme park after domestic row

A Flamingo Land rollercoaster

The group, including children as young as seven years old, had travelled from Preston Athletic Youth Football Club, Prestonpans in East Lothian, to Yorkshire.

Preston Athletic YFC’s 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011 teams, along with coaches and members of the committee, were competing at the Flamingo Land Soccer Festival held at nearby Malton Community Sports Centre.

They were looking forward to a weekend stay – but it was cut short by fed-up theme park bosses who ‘evicted’ everyone involved, much to the dismay of club chairman Alan Morgan, who has said he will contest the decision.

Things began going downhill  when 14-year-olds were banned from the swimming pool and were accused of deliberately flooding a restaurant toilet.

But on Saturday night it escalated when a couple, both committee members, drinking in a bar had to be separated by security when a domestic row got out of hand.

Earlier that day a meeting had been held with events organisers demanding behaviour improved.

The following day, Sunday, the group were told they had to leave – a day earlier than planned.

On Monday, club chairman Alan Morgan apologised “for the distress caused to everyone” and pledged to contact Flamingo Land to “raise concerns” about “punishing 100-plus people” due to the “actions of a few”.

But a spokesman for Flamingo Land, Andy Miller, said: “The anti-social behaviour which was displayed by members of the football team in question couldn’t be tolerated as it was interfering with other guests’ enjoyment.

“The decision was taken by the tournament organisers to evict the team involved.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed an 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault of a 40-year-old man, though no charges were pressed.

Instead, the matter was resolved through a Community Resolution Disposal – a written apology by the woman and a verbal apology by the man.

It is understood that the couple who had a row in the bar have resigned from the committee and apologised.

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