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Crush-death club licence suspended

A nightclub where a student was killed in a crush has been told to close pending further inquiries after a council committee heard its staff had lost control.

Nabila Nanfuka, 22, died at the Lava and Ignite club in Northampton in the early hours of Wednesday.

Miss Nanfuka, of Neasden, north west London, was fatally injured and two other women were taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Northampton Borough Council's licensing committee suspended Lava and Ignite's licence while an investigation is carried out.

Pc David Bryan, licensing officer with Northamptonshire Police, told members that revellers panicked due to overcrowding and fighting broke out on the stairs.

He said the force took a call from a group of people who became trapped in a lift before the situation escalated and club staff lost control of the situation.

A member of the promotions team had been arrested following the incident on suspicion of a public disorder offence, he added.

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said a second person was also arrested at around 3.40am in the car park for assaulting a police officer.

The force is investigating claims that a fire alarm prompted a stampede for the exits of the crowded club in St Peters Way after revellers were warned that their buses home were about to leave.

Police handed evidence to Northampton Borough Council about concerns surrounding the premises after the death of Miss Nanfuka, who was a leisure and tourism student at Northampton University,


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