Police investigate crush at O2 Academy Brixton that leaves four in critical condition

Police investigate crush at O2 Academy Brixton that leaves four in critical condition

Detectives are investigating what caused a crush at O2 Academy Brixton, which led to four people sustaining critical injuries.

Police were called at 9.35pm last night (December 15) to the venue following reports that a large number of people were attempting to force entry to the venue for a gig by Asake.

Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended and found a number of people with injuries believed to have been caused by crushing. The sold-out performance by the Nigerian Afrobeats star was halted as a result of the incident.

Eight people were taken by ambulance to hospital; four of them remain in a critical condition. London Ambulance Service treated two other less seriously injured people at the scene.

An urgent investigation is under way led by detectives from Specialist Crime. Cordons remain in place at the location as officers continue work at the scene. 

Commander Ade Adelekan, Met Police Gold Commander, said: “This is an extremely upsetting incident which has left four people critically ill in hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.

“A police investigation has been launched, and it will be as thorough and as forensic as necessary to establish exactly what happened last night. The scene will be examined by specialist officers, CCTV will be viewed, every witness that we can make contact with will be spoken to and all other lines of enquiry will be followed.

He added: “I am aware of video being shared on social media. I would ask people to be sensible about what they share, and not to post material that will be upsetting to those affected by this incident. Where force has been used by police officers, those officers know they have to be accountable for their actions. The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will view all material, including Body Worn Video footage from the officers at the scene. In relation to a clip being widely shared, I can confirm that no police dogs were deployed to the location.”

Police have requested that people make contact via @MetCC on Twitter if they have mobile phone footage that may assist officers.

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