Asake’s London Concert Venue Crush Left 4 People Critically Injured
(CTN NEWS) – LONDON – Four people were hospitalized in critical condition on Friday after hundreds of people forced their way into a London concert venue during the performance of Nigerian Afrobeats star Asake.
The O2 Brixton Academy was overwhelmed with a crowd, resulting in eight people being taken to hospitals. Two other injured people at the scene were treated.
Emergency services attended the O2 Academy in #Brixton following reports that a number of people had been injured after a large crowd attempted to gain entry without tickets. 4 people are in a critical condition at hospital. Officers will remain in the area to provide reassurance
— Lambeth Police | Central South BCU (@LambethMPS) December 16, 2022
The police were called Thursday night after a “large crowd” attempted to enter the concert hall without tickets. Video footage captured by bystanders shows hundreds rushing into the concert hall without tickets.
Four people were critically injured in this rush.
A promoter went on stage to tell the audience that people had “broached the doors” of the concert.
Officers, ambulance crews, and firefighters arrived to find “several people with crushing injuries.”
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, remarked, “It crushes my heart that this could happen to Londoners.”
“I won’t rest till our nearest and dearest get the truth they deserve,” he wrote in a social media post.
I'm heartbroken that this could happen to young Londoners enjoying a night out in our city and urge anyone with any information to contact the police on 101.
I won’t rest until we have the answers their loved ones and the local community need and deserve.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) December 16, 2022
The police force will thoroughly investigate what happened and how officers responded. In one piece of footage, an officer appears to push a woman down a few stairs at the venue entrance.
The Metropolitan Police Gold Commander Ade Adelekan said officers who used force “know they have to answer for their actions.” He said body-worn video footage would be examined in the investigation.
It is an extremely upsetting incident that has left four people critically ill in hospitals. They and their families are in my thoughts and prayers,” he said.
To establish exactly what happened last night, a police investigation has been launched, and it will be as thorough and forensic as possible.”
Specialized officers will examine the scene and CCTV, but Adelekan urged anyone with information to come forward.
Social media and tabloid newspaper websites posted videos showing crowds pushed up against the doors of the 02 Academy, as well as violent scuffles in the foyer.
Four people were critically injured and four others were hospitalised following a crush at a concert venue in south London, #Brixton pic.twitter.com/tHZp86ZIDX
— Smriti Sharma (@SmritiSharma_) December 16, 2022
Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, a policing watchdog, will review all material, including body-worn video footage.
One of the most famous music venues in London is Brixton Academy. It has a capacity of just under 5,000 and was built in the 1920s as a movie theater.
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