A number of complaints have been received from residents in Hammersmith about vandalism and drunken behaviour caused by Imperial College students taking part in a pub crawl on Wednesday evening. The alleged incidents happened in the area around the Blue Anchor and the Rutland Arms on the riverside near Hammersmith Bridge. A group of around 150 students claiming to be Imperial College Hockey Team are said to have caused damage in the Rutland Arms by throwing glasses and bottles before proceeding to throw glass at houseboats moored on the river. One of the houseboat owners told Live! that the boats are being used by holiday makers and that the actions of the students had made him worried for the safety of his children.
Live! was alerted to the incident after students from the Royal College of Science Motor Club visited the riverside for a few swift pints on Friday night. Accompanied by Jez, the 1916 Dennis N-type Fire Engine, the students are used to attracting a crowd of interested bystanders but were horrified that this time it was for an entirely different reason. Customers of the Rutland Arms were quick to inform the group that they 'weren't exactly popular around here' and suggested that if they intended to stay they should remove the Imperial College London advertising banners which still adorned Jez after the Lord Mayor's Show. First year student, Lawrence Weetman, helped diffuse the situation by exclaiming: "Do we look like we're going to start a fight? The worse thing that can happen if we get drunk is that I might start singing!" The hostile atmosphere quickly evaporated as the club members defended their innocence but the residents were keen to push home the fact that the actions of one group of Imperial students has damaged the reputation of the College as a whole.
The problems appear not to have been an isolated incident with staff at the Rutland Arms claiming that the same group caused damage and disorder in at least four pubs up and down the river. The allegation that it was the Hockey Club seems to be unfounded as Live! is aware that IC Hockey were enjoying a curry night in Fulham at the time of the incident. Rumours that one of the other large sports teams, who have a history of drunken misbehaviour, were in Hammersmith that evening on the 'Hammy 10' are currently being investigated.