Four people are in critical condition after a large crowd tried to squeeze into a concert venue in south London.
A total of eight people were taken to hospital from O2 Academy Brixton by ambulance, the Metropolitan Police said, and two more minor injuries were treated at the scene.
The incident happened during a performance by Nigerian singer-songwriter Afrobeats Asake on Thursday night.
Lambeth Police said they were urgently investigating what happened during the “extremely upsetting incident”.
They said emergency services were at the site in Stockwell Road following reports shortly after 9:30 p.m. of people injured after “a mob attempted to enter without a ticket”.
Scotland Yard said officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were at the scene and found “several injuries believed to have been crushed”.
Metropolitan Police Gold Commander Ade Adelekan urged people to “be rational about what they share” on social media and “do not post material that will be offensive to those affected by this incident”.
He also said that, when officers use force, “those officers know they have to take responsibility for their actions”, adding that the Met’s Professional Standards Board will see review all documents, including human video footage from people there. scene.
Police said no arrests have been made.
The Mirror reports that a cancellation notice was made on stage during the performance, in which the crowd was told that the show had to be stopped due to a broken door.
“This is an extremely sad incident that has left four people in critical condition hospitalized,” Mr Adelekan said. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.
“A police investigation has been conducted, and the investigation will be as thorough and forensic as possible to determine exactly what happened last night.
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“The scene will be examined by specialist officers, CCTV will be viewed, every witness we can contact will be spoken to and all other lines of investigation will be monitored.
“Officers are remaining in the area to reassure the local community in and around Brixton. If you have any information or concerns, please feel free to talk to them.”
Referring to the clip, which he said was “widely shared”, Mr Adelekan confirmed no police dogs were deployed to the site.
Asake is described on the venue’s website as “one of the hottest breakout stars from Nigeria” and is touring his debut album, Mr. Money With The Vibe.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/four-critically-injured-in-crowd-crush-at-brixton-academy-asake-gig-42223763.html Four seriously injured in ‘crowd’ at Brixton Academy Asake performance