Sunday 18 February 2018

Crush-death nightclub is forced to close while investigation continues

Emma Sword

THE nightclub where student Nabila Nanfuka died in a crush had its licence suspended today pending an investigation.

Miss Nanfuka, 22, a leisure and tourism student at Northampton University, died following the incident at the Lava and Ignite club in Northampton in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Today Northampton Borough Council's licensing committee suspended the club's licence while an investigation is carried out.

Miss Nanfuka, who was described by her family as "one in a million" and a "beautiful person", died as a result of suspected crush injuries.

Two other women, who have not been identified, were critically injured in the incident and are being treated in Northampton General Hospital.

Police handed evidence to Northampton Borough Council over concerns surrounding the premises and formally asked the licensing panel to review Lava and Ignite's licence.

A special sub-committee, led by council members, met this morning to discuss the matter.

Miss Nanfuka's younger brother Fahad Msimbe paid tribute to his sister and called her his "best friend".

Speaking outside the family home in Neasden, north west London, he said: "She affected so many people's lives and put other people first.

"She is one in a million, really. She was my best friend, my sister.

"I still haven't come to terms with the fact she has passed away, it still hasn't sunk in.

"She was a really beautiful person in every way. She was really interested in the leisure and tourism industry, but she didn't have a specific role that she wanted to take when she finished (university).

"My mother is torn apart. She is finding it difficult, like most mothers would."

Northamptonshire Police officers were called to the nightclub in Northampton town centre around 3.30am yesterday.

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.

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