HMS Diamond

Two Royal Navy sailors were held in Italy after they urinated in public causing the traffic to come to a standstill… while standing right in front of police officers.

The ratings were serving on board HMS Diamond which is currently deployed in the Mediterranean on manoeuvers.

The type 45 destroyer had docked in the Italian port of La Spezia, described as the Italian Riviera before the two 20-year-olds went ashore where they reportedly visited several bars.

The two then, according to witnesses, caused quite a ruckus, alerting police in the main square with their singing and attempts to stop the busy traffic.

As the officers approached the men, one sailor reportedly decided to drop his trousers and urinate, all the time trying to reassure officers everything was ok.

Marina Military Base in La Spezia
La Spezia is one of the most important and oldest naval bases in Italy

A Royal Navy spokesperson confirmed the incident saying: "We can confirm that the local police force in La Spezia escorted two sailors back on to HMS Diamond due to unacceptable behaviour when ashore.

“No arrests were made, the sailor and the Commanding Officer have apologised and it would be inappropriate to comment further on the matter.”

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, a bar owner recounted the events: “They were singing and shouting really loudly and were in uniform and were trying to stop the traffic on the square.

''I think they must have been lost but even though it was 2am it was still busy and there were a lot of cars about - they were lucky they weren't knocked over.

''When the police arrived one of them just dropped his trousers and started urinating in front of everyone - he didn't seem too bothered about who saw him.

''He then tried to run away as the police approached him but they caught them both and they were taken back to the port where their ship was.''

The North Western town of La Spezia is in the Liguria region near Tuscany.

Home to a deepwater port, it is one of the most important and historic bases for the Italian Navy.

The port was the brainchild of Napoleon Bonaparte and was eventually constructed on 1862.