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IPCC to investigate after club crush tragedy
THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission has begun an investigation into the way Northamptionshire Police handled a club crush disaster, which resulted in the deaths of two Brent women.
The IPCC announced the action this week, saying it was to look at police actions 'ahead of and during' the incident at Lava and Ignite, Northampton.
19-year-old Laurene-Danielle Jackson, a Wembley resident, died at Leicester Glenfield Hospital on Sunday after the crush, which took place at the club during the early hours of October 19.
22-year-old leisure and tourism student at Northampton University Nabila Nanfuka, of Yeats Close in Neasden, died from traumatic crush asphyxia at Northampton General Hospital soon after the incident.
She was taken there shortly after the disaster at the Wickedest Wickedest event, and the cause of death was read out at her inquest at Kettering Magistrates Court.
Eyewitnesses described revellers rushing for the exits following an announcement that coaches were leaving to take them home. Another woman, aged 21, was hurt in the incident but has since been released from hospital.
Northampton Borough Council has temporarily suspended the nightclub's licence while an investigation is carried out after police told its licensing committee that they believe staff had lost control of the premises.
Luminar, which runs Lava & Ignite, Liquid and Oceana clubs throughout the UK, announced just days after the tragedy that it will appoint administrators in a move that will put up to 3,000 jobs at risk.
A spokesman for the IPCC said: "Following an assessment of a referral from Northamptonshire Police the IPCC has begun an independent investigation into police actions ahead of and during the incident at Lava Ignite in St Peter's Street, Northampton, after which two
people have sadly died."
- To pay tribute to Laurene-Danielle Jackson or Nabila Nanfuka please call 07795 666587 or email email@example.com
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