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Thursday 18 September 2014

Hundreds crushed and 50 require medical treatment after crowd surge at One Direction concert

Published 28/04/2014 | 18:12

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(L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of British-Irish pop band One Direction pose on the red carpet with arriving at the BRIT Awards 2014 in London on February 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE        (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of British-Irish pop band One Direction

HUNDREDS of young fans were crushed and almost 50 required medical treatment following a crowd surge at a One Direction concert in Lima, Peru.

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The band were forced to stop the concert at one point and appealed to the crowd to calm down – even threatening to walk off stage -  however their plea fell on deaf ears.

Local reports suggest several people are still being treated in hospital for symptoms of asphyxia.

Tents were used as emergency treatment centres at the venue.

An evacuation plan was even being put in place by the fire service, as authorities struggled to get the crowd under control.

Head of the fire department Mario Cassareto told local radio: “We're working with the police and the security companies.

“It's under control and we are still treating those with symptoms of asphyxia that we pulled from the back.”

A video taken inside the stadium shows singer Niall Horan say to the crowd: “If you don't want anyone to take us off the stage, make sure you stay back.”

Liam Payne earlier in the day admitted he was struggling to comprehend just how many fans the band has.

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He posted a picture of fans gathered outside the hotel, saying: “I will never understand, and you will never understand what this does to somebody ...why? no one could deserve this.”

Following the first show of the band’s new tour in Colombia he wrote: “The greatest experience of my life.”

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