Four people in critical condition after fans burst into Asake’s concert in Brixton

Four people are in critical condition after crowd trouble at a concert in south London.

People at the O2 Academy in Brixton were reportedly locked outside the venue in freezing temperatures, prompting some to try and make their way inside for Asake’s gig.

The gig was eventually canceled halfway through, with the Nigerian singer’s fans saying, “The reason we have to stop the show is because they walked through the doors.

“You have 3,000 people breaking down the doors outside and for security reasons the police asked us to close the show.”

The message was met with boos before continuing: “It has nothing to do with us… There are people who have come through the door.

“They broke in and security is trying to help them.”

It’s unclear if those who allegedly walked through the doors had tickets to the event.

The O2 Academy website says the venue has the capacity to hold 4,921 people.

The Metropolitan Police said officers, the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were called to the scene around 9.30pm on Thursday.

Eight people were taken to hospital, four of whom remain in critical condition with injuries believed to have been caused by crushing. Other injured were treated at the scene.

One woman wrote on Twitter: “I was crushed, people rushed in after hours outside and doors locked. Couldn’t breathe.”

Golden Met Police Commander Ade Adelekan described the incident as “extremely harrowing”.

He said: “This is an extremely upsetting incident which has left four people seriously ill in hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.

“A police investigation has been launched, and it will be as thorough and forensic as necessary to establish exactly what happened last night.

“The scene will be examined by specialist officers, the CCTV will be reviewed, all witnesses with whom we can come into contact will be contacted and all other lines of inquiry will be followed.

“Officers remain in the area to reassure the local community in and around Brixton.”

Although no arrests have been made, detectives have launched an urgent investigation and cordons remain in place at the O2 Academy.

He added: “I am aware of the sharing of videos on social media. I would ask people to be sensitive to what they share and not to post any material that would upset those affected by this incident.

“Where force has been used by police officers, those officers know they must be held accountable for their actions. The Met’s Professional Standards Branch will review all material, including body-worn video footage of officers on premises.

“In regards to a widely shared clip, I can confirm that no police dogs were deployed to the scene.”

He urged witnesses – and anyone with mobile phone footage that could help the investigation – to contact police.

In a tweet on Friday morning, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, wrote that he was “heartbroken that this could happen to young Londoners enjoying a night out in our city”.

He urged anyone with information to contact police before adding that he ‘will not rest until we have the answers their loved ones and the local community need and deserve’.

Asake, 27, an Afrobeats singer and songwriter, released his debut album, Mr Money With The Vibe, this year.

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