Police appeal for witnesses to come forward in nightclub death tragedy anniversary


Two university students were crushed in Lava and Ignite nightclub on 18 October 2011.


By Lorcan Lovett

Police are launching an anniversary appeal into a nightclub tragedy which caused the death of a Kingston University student and another young woman.

Laurene-Danielle Jackson, 19, and Northampton University student Nabila Nanfuka, 22, were crushed in Lava and Ignite, Northampton, on Tuesday 18 October 2011.

Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway says the police have spoken to over 1,000 witnesses but still need to speak to those in the immediate vicinity of the young women.

“No-one is in trouble – we don’t suspect anyone in these images of a crime,” she said.

“We just need their help as key witnesses to what happened during the tragedy so that we can bring our investigation to a conclusion.”

The picture above is being passed to universities and CCTV clips are circulating social networking sites in a bid to identify the 28 key witnesses.

Approximately 1,500 people attended the Wickedest Wickedest club night which went on into the early hours of Wednesday 19 October.

Students across the country, like Laurene-Danielle from Shepherd’s Bush and Nabila from Neasden, travelled to Northampton in organised coaches.

DI Hemingway praised club-goers for their actions on the night. 

“Many of the people attending Wickedest Wickedest were extremely brave and courageous during the incident, showing huge compassion and support,” she added.

Angela Ferdinand and Ronato Jackson, parents of Laurene-Danielle, are also appealing directly to those who attended the event. 

They said: “We are urging you to please come forward with any information, no matter how small it may be, so that we can try to understand what happened and why we lost our beautiful daughter.”

Images of the witnesses can be viewed at or

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 01604 888006 or email [email protected]

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