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Exeter ban announced after Golf Society initiation at Exeter University ends in alcohol death of Gavin Britton, 18


INTERNET IMAGE: Picture of Gavin Britton which he posted on his website.Britton’s web site photo

Excerpt One:

Gavin Britton, was found dead on a grass bank near a car park, hours after attending the party with fellow students.

The 18-year-old had his own website on which he posted pictures of himself drinking.

The youngster described by his former headmaster as being of “exceptional promise”, had only been at the school of business and economics at Exeter University for two months.

Shocked fellow students were told of Gavin’s death in an e-mail circulated by the university’s head of undergraduate studies yesterday.

Police have described the death as a “terrible tragedy” but have confirmed they are not treating it as suspicious.

The teenager’s parents Ian, a property developer and Susan, a former dental nurse, who also have another younger son Darren, travelled to the Devon city to formally identify their son’s body.


Excerpt 2:

11 February 2007

A UNIVERSITY has banned binge drinking games and alcohol-fuelled “initiation” ceremonies after one of its first-year students died last year.

Gavin Britton, 18, had been out with the Golf Society when he was found dead in fancy dress [Editor: he was made to wear a wig and dress much like pro baseball players on some teams make rookies wear] in the centre of Exeter.

Students’ union president Jemma Percy said: “I think students realise we are not trying to stop their fun.”

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