Brixton Academy: Four in critical condition after incident

Four individuals are in critical condition after an incident last night, where a large number of people were reported to have attempted to force entry into the O2 Academy in Brixton, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

The historic venue was hosting Afrobeats singer Asake for his third sold-out show as part of his Mr. Money With The Vibe tour.

Before the gig Asake had asked fans on Twitter not to attempt to get in without tickets.

Police were called at around 21:35 to Stockwell Road following reports that a large number of people were “attempting to force entry” into the venue.

In the police statement, Met Police Gold Commander Ade Adelekan said: “This is an extremely upsetting incident which has left four people critically ill in hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.”

An urgent investigation is being led by detectives from Specialist Crime. Cordons remain in place at the location as officers continue work at the scene.

BRIXTON ACADEMY: The show was Asake’s third sold-out Brixton Academy gig.

Adelekan stated that the investigation into the incident will be “as thorough and as forensic as necessary” in order to determine the exact cause and those responsible. 

Officers are remaining in the area to provide reassurance to the local community in and around Brixton.

In regards to footage circulating online of the incident, Adelekan said: “I am aware of video being shared on social media. 

“I would ask people to be sensible about what they share, and not to post material that will be upsetting to those affected by this incident.

“Where force has been used by police officers, those officers know they have to be accountable for their actions.”

In a statement on his Instagram account, Asake said: “My heart is with those who were injured last night and caused any form of discomfort. I pray you get well soonest.” 

He added that he is still awaiting explanation from venue staff as to what exactly led to the disruption at the Academy entrance. 

Any witnesses who are yet to speak with police are asked to call 101 ref 6725/15Dec or to contact the Met Police via @MetCC on Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: Ewan Munro @Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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