A group of drunken British soldiers went amok in a bar in northern Norway earlier this week, stripping off their clothes and… 

Winter military exercises take place in northern Norway every year, to prepare troops for service in Afghanistan and other areas. 

The decidedly un-gentlemanly like behaviour shocked other bar patrons, many of whom had been harassed by the soldiers before they launched into their striptease.

Cecilie Kleppe, age 29, told newspaper VG that the soldiers had been bothering several of the female patrons in the bar before they suddenly shouted "naked bar" and stripped off all their clothes.

"Some of them even started waving their private parts at the other guests," Kleppe told VG. "Two of the Englishmen urinated on a fellow soldier who was lying on the floor. It was disgusting."

At one point, around seven naked soldiers were sitting around the bar in Harstad, which is the main city near the area where British troops take part in winter military exercises. Thousands of soldiers from several countries are in northern Norway for the annual exercises.

The British participation won’t be quickly forgotten. Even though the presence of so many soldiers provides a boost to the local economy, it also has its disadvantages. Some residents say the rowdiness that can come along makes them feel insecure.

The manager of the Sfinx Bar, where the British soldiers went amok late Wednesday night, said he’s never seen anything like it. "I hope it never happens again," he said. No police reports were filed, but military officials claimed such "bad behaviour" would be punished.

The British soldiers’ behaviour at the bar "made everybody react," said Petter Holmbakken, who was in the bar when the stripping and urinating took place. "I can understand that the women were offended. It’s no fun to be plagued by lots of nasty comments.

"To be perfectly honest, I and a lot of other Harstad residents are fed up with the Englishmen."

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