Woman hurt in Brixton concert crush dies of injuries

One of the people injured in a crush at a London music venue has died from their injuries.

Several people were hurt when hundreds tried to force their way into the Brixton O2 Academy on Thursday night.

Police have confirmed Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, of Newham has died in hospital.

Two other women – aged 21 and 23 – are still fighting for their lives.

The disturbance forced a concert by the Nigerian singer Asake to be cancelled halfway through.

Footage posted on social media show a crowd of several hundred people trying to get into the venue.

People were seen forcing their way past security staff and streaming into the Stockwell Road venue.

Eight people were taken to hospital and one woman has been arrested.

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Speaking at the scene yesterday, Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, said: ‘I’d like to extend my sympathies to all those who have been affected. Having seen some of the really upsetting images on social media our thoughts are with them.

‘An urgent investigation is currently under way led by detectives from our Specialist Crime Command and cordons remain in place as officers continue to work at the scene. This is still a fast moving and evolving picture and we are working to establish the events that led up to the incident.

‘We are also aware of a vast amount of footage on social media and of course this will be examined as part of the investigation along with footage from officers’ body worn video cameras.

‘We are working incredibly closely with our partners and community members and would like to thank them for their support so far in the investigation. We would also like to thank people for coming forward with information.

‘We have set up an online page for the submission of photos and videos. There were around 4,000 potential witnesses present at the time of this incident and we want to urge any members of the public with information to come forward. We need your information as we try to establish what happened as quickly as we can.’

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