Northampton Borough Council to examine evidence of Lava & Ignite inquest before deciding whether to take enforcement action

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Witness evidence from the inquest into the deaths of two students following a Northampton nightclub crush is being examined by borough council officers.

The jury decided this afternoon that the blame for the deaths of Nabila Nanfuka and Dani Jackson were a combination of the DJ announcements, the “lack of organisation and management of the cloakroom”, the crowd’s “attitude and behaviour” and “lack of monitoring and overlooking of the evening’s event”.

Eight of the 10-person jury believed the placement of the door staff was not a factor.

Following the narrative verdict, a Northampton Borough Council spokesman said: “Our regulatory services team played a full part in this investigation of this tragic incident, providing health and safety expertise to Northamptonshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

“Now that the Coroner has delivered her verdict, we will look at the evidence we have gathered and decide whether any enforcement action is appropriate.

“We are keen that any lessons that can be drawn from the deaths of Nabila Nanfuka and Dani Jackson should be learned, so that young people visiting pubs and clubs are safer as a result.”