Second person dies after crush outside UK Asake concert

Two people have now died and a third remains in a critical condition after the crush outside the 02 Academy in Brixton, south London

A second person has died after being injured in a crush outside a concert by Nigerian Afrobeats singer Asake in London, police in the British capital said Monday.

The latest victim, who died in hospital, was named as 23-year-old Gaby Hutchinson, who had been working as one of the contracted security providers for the gig at the 02 Academy in Brixton, south London, on Thursday evening.

Police had on Saturday announced that 33-year-old Rebecca Ikumelo died of injuries she suffered in the concert crush.

Another woman, aged 21, remained in hospital in a critical condition, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement Monday.

In all, eight people were taken to hospital after Thursday’s incident.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, in charge of the investigation, called the second death “devastating news” and sent his condolences to the victim’s family.

Scotland Yard detectives have been scouring security camera and mobile phone footage to establish what caused the crush and to see if any crime was committed.

But they said it had been established that the two who died plus the woman in critical condition had been in the foyer of the building when the incident occurred.

Cordons outside the venue have now been lifted but remain in place inside.

Police were called to the O2 Academy just after 9:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Thursday after reports of a large crowd outside. 

A further call was made about 30 minutes later reporting that people were attempting to get inside.

The force said it had referred the incident to the police watchdog, in line with standard procedure when officers have attended and lives have been lost or people seriously injured.

After the first death was announced, Asake said he was “devastated” and “overwhelmed with grief”.

Thursday’s gig was the third of three sold-out performances at the venue. The concert was cancelled midway through his performance.

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