Safety guards have been frequently taking bribes on the London venue the place two individuals died in a crowd crush final month.
The Brixton O2 Academy, one of many metropolis’s most well-known music venues, was the scene of tragedy in December. A whole bunch of individuals over the venue’s capability arrived for a gig by Afro-pop star Asake.
Two individuals died within the ensuing crush. Mom of two Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, and safety guard Gaby Hutchinson, 23, have been each taken to hospital on 15 December the place they later succumbed to their accidents.
The London Metropolitan Police have begun an investigation into what occurred. After recommendation by the police, the native council has suspended Brixton Academy’s licence for 3 months.
Brixton Academy’s house owners Academy Music Group (AMG) had already determined to shut for the three-month interval whatever the official suspension.
“O2 Academy Brixton recognises the gravity of the occasions which occurred on the evening of 15 December 2022 and expresses its honest condolences to the households of those that died throughout the tragic incident and its real issues for anybody affected by it,” AMG stated.
The reason behind the crush is believed to be individuals arriving with out tickets and anticipating to be let in.
Talking to the BBC, a safety guard on the venue has stated that members of his crew would every enable “a few hundred” further individuals into venues in change for cash. Their employer, AP Safety, has declined to remark.
“There have been individuals taking cash… Some workers made £1,000 money,” the guard stated.
“Our firm knew what was occurring they usually knew the individuals who have been doing it,” he informed the BBC, “they usually did nothing about it.”
In accordance with the nameless guard who was working the evening of the crush, there had been simply 110 members of safety on shift, when there ought to have been 190.
“It was like being in a automotive crash that is been actually terrible – being crashed on and stamped on,” he describes.
The safety guard works for a distinct safety agency to the one Gaby Hutchinson labored for and has not steered Hutchinson was concerned in taking bribes or letting individuals in with out tickets.
Nonetheless, he has accused his agency of permitting the follow.
“Whenever you let a couple of individuals in, they’d textual content their buddies, they usually’ll textual content their buddies. And the bouncers began being grasping, and it received out of hand. And folks needed to come back in anyway, with no ticket.” he stated.
The bribe problem was identified to AP Safety, the guard alleges, as he claims to have been in two conferences the place complaints have been made about two specific people.
An nameless gig goer additionally confirmed to the BBC that safety personnel have been concerned in promoting pretend tickets. Making an attempt to purchase tickets to a live performance on the door, he was informed to take money out at an in depth by ATM the place he was given seemingly pretend tickets and rushed by means of the entrance entrance.
“It felt actually organised and it felt that we weren’t the one those that received in that approach,” the gig goer stated.