Live events industry
An emergency review will take place by Northampton Borough Council into the premises licence for Lava & Ignite where student Nabila Nanfuka died and eight others were injured, two critically, in a stampede to the exits in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 19th October.
Northamptonshire Police have formally asked the Borough Council to hold a summary review, also known as an expedited or emergency review under Section 53 of the Licensing Act 2003, into the licence. As a result, a special sub-committee of the licensing panel will meet to consider evidence put forward by the police and decide what action to take. Expedited reviews allow the police and the licensing authority to respond quickly when a serious incident of any kind takes place in a licensed premises.
Brian Binley, MP for Northampton South, said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the young lady who sadly lost her life and others who were injured and it is important that they get some answers so that they can have some closure. “There are many serious questions which need answering as to how this tragic incident occurred.” Adding “Youngsters and their families have the right to know that when they go into a nightclub they are safe”. Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, said: “I fully support the call for a public inquiry to get to the root of what happened. It is an horrific incident and my heart goes out to those who have suffered bereavement or injury”.