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Crush injuries killed nightclubber

A student who died after being caught up in a "stampede" in a nightclub died of crush injuries, an inquest has heard.

Nabila Nanfuka, 22, of Neasden, north-west London, died from traumatic crush asphyxia at Northampton General Hospital on October 19, the inquest at Kettering Magistrates' Court was told.

The leisure and tourism student was taken to hospital after the incident at the Lava & Ignite club in Northampton town centre in the early hours of last Wednesday.

She had been one of many party-goers at the Wickedest Wickedest event, many of whom had travelled to the venue from out of town.

Eyewitnesses described revellers rushing for the exits following an announcement that coaches were leaving to take them home. Two other women, aged 19 and 21, were hurt in the incident.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said the 21-year-old has been released from Northampton General Hospital while the 19-year-old, who has not been identified, remains in a critical condition.

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 on Thursday it will appoint administrators in a move that will put up to 3,000 jobs at risk.

Its lenders - Lloyds, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland - told the group they would not extend a recent period of leniency due to end on Friday, which will leave Luminar in breach of covenants.

Opening and adjourning the inquest on Thursday to a date to be fixed, coroner Anne Pember urged anyone who had witnessed the incident to contact police and to forward any photographs or video footage taken on mobile phones to officers.


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