Stampede death club has licence suspended

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A nightclub where a student died in a stampede had its licence suspended yesterday, and a promoter has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

Northampton Borough Council suspended the licence at Lava Ignite after councillors heard "serious disorder" broke out at an event on Wednesday.

Nabila Nanfuka, 22, of Neasden, north-west London, was crushed to death and eight other people were injured as revellers rushed to the club's exits. Two are in intensive care at Northampton General Hospital.

The council's licensing committee was told clubbers panicked because of overcrowding. Police are investigating whether the club was above its 1,600 capacity.

PC David Bryan, licensing officer at Northamptonshire Police, told the committee that the club had lost control of the premises and the number of people inside.

The club's owner, Luminar Leisure, has launched its own investigation. Its chief executive, Simon Douglas, told the panel he was deeply saddened by Ms Nanfuka's death.