To mark the six months since the crowd clash that fatally injured Rebecca Icmero, 33, and security guard Gabby Hutchinson, 23, Mayor said the future of music venues was a “secondary” issue. Police are investigating what happened that night.
“I think it’s important not to forget that two people lost their lives,” Khan said.
“The third is still in hospital in a serious condition and there are still questions to be answered about what happened, or didn’t happen, at Brixton Academy that night.
“What I want is for the family to expand the appeal to anyone who was there that night who may have recorded something on their cell phone to send that information to the police.
“There will be separate discussions about the future of Brixton Academy and its venues. is to be able to answer
Asked if that meant the venue would never reopen, he said: “I think it’s too early to make that assessment.
“I am someone who has attended some great shows at the Academy in the past. [and] I have seen great musicians perform there. I live in South London, so that’s the closest live house.
“What we have to do is make sure that these questions are answered, because what we don’t want is a lesson we don’t learn.
“But what we don’t want is for the people who run the venue, the people who were responsible for the night, to be allowed to keep the event going even though they still have questions to answer. ”
The collision occurred on December 15, 2022. Many of the concertgoers, presumed to have no tickets, tried to force their way into a sold-out show by Nigerian Afrobeat artist Asake.
Academy Music Group, the operating company of the Brixton Academy, which hopes the venue will reopen despite objections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has previously said it was “shocked” by the death toll. He said he had “worked collaboratively” with both the Lambeth City Council and the Metropolitan Police since the clash. .
announced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. criminal investigation is underway A variety of potential charges are included, including corporate manslaughter, criminal manslaughter, tortious manslaughter, occupational health and safety violations, and even violent riots and assaults.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sadiq-khan-mayor-o2-academy-brixton-crowd-crush-police-reopening-venue-b1088119.html Sadiq Khan: Questions need to be answered before O2 Academy Brixton reopens