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Gloucestershire students admit lewd acts on bus

University of Gloucestershire
Image caption The university's rugby and football teams have been disbanded following the incidents

Two university rugby players have admitted performing lewd acts while naked on a public bus.

Ryan Lissamore, 19, and Oliver Graham, 21, carried out the indecent acts on the top deck of a No 94 Cheltenham to Gloucester service last September.

Gloucester Crown Court heard the University of Gloucestershire students had been drinking in Cheltenham.

The men, along with four others who earlier admitted outraging public decency, were bailed until sentencing.

Lissamore and Graham pleaded guilty to a single charge of outraging public decency, which had been caught on the bus's CCTV camera.

They had been travelling on the Stagecoach bus with fellow rugby players Lewis Baker, 21, James Devlin, 19, Alex Bye, 19, and Daniel Hammond, 20.

Teenage girls

Last month Baker, Devlin, Bye and Hammond all admitted outraging public decency by committing obscene acts in front of other passengers.

That offence was witnessed by teenage girls, who left the top deck of the bus and went downstairs.

The six rugby players were alone on the top deck when Lissamore and Graham carried out their indecent act.

It is understood that all six were members of the university's rugby team.

Recorder Robert Waddington adjourned the case against Lissamore, of Alstone Lane, and Graham, of Arle Gardens, both Cheltenham, until a date to be fixed.

Baker, of Winchcombe Street; Devlin, of Montpellier Villas, and Bye and Hammond, both of New Street - all in Cheltenham - will also be sentenced with Lissamore and Graham.

Following these incidents the rugby and football teams have been disbanded.

Players disciplined

Paul Drake, the university's communications director, said: "The university takes offensive and anti-social behaviour very seriously and those involved have been subject to the university's disciplinary procedures.

"The university has been working closely with the students' union to challenge poor student behaviour by delivering training, developing campaigns and working with sports team captains to create a more positive culture which will enhance sporting opportunities for all students."

He added that a working group with representatives from the National Union of Students (NUS), British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and the sports teams had been developing a new set of values to underpin "vibrant, responsible and thriving sports communities".

"This programme of work hopes to provide a model for other universities to follow and implement," he said.

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