Anniversary appeal by Northampton police after two students die at Northampton nightclub
16 October 2012
Lava & Ignite nightclub tragedy:
Officers launch new appeal for information
Police officers investigating the tragic incident at the Wickedest Wickedest event at Northampton’s Lava & Ignite nightclub in October last year are launching a new witness appeal.
A year on from the tragedy, which led to the deaths of two young women, officers are contacting universities across the country with the hope of identifying remaining key witnesses.
A hard-hitting poster, using a photo from inside the club as the crush was taking place on a staircase, is being circulated to the universities.
CCTV clips from within the club are also being released and circulated via social networking sites in a bid to identify people who were on the staircase both immediately prior to and immediately after the incident.
Approximately 1,500 young people from all over the country attended the Wickedest Wickedest club night at Lava & Ignite on the evening of Tuesday 18 October into the early hours of Wednesday 19 October. Many were university students who travelled to Northampton in organised coaches.
Officers have spoken to over 1,000 people as part of the investigation, including those who attended the event, emergency services staff and staff at the club, but are still working to identify 28 key witnesses in the poster. Officers would also like to speak to anyone who was there on the evening who has not yet come forward.
Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway said: “We have spoken to over 1,000 witnesses and reviewed several hours of CCTV footage. In doing so, it has become apparent that, whilst we have a clear picture of what happened, there are a small number of key witnesses that we have yet to speak to who were in the immediate vicinity of where the two young women were crushed.
“We need the help of the people in the CCTV and the poster to piece together what happened. No-one is in trouble – we don’t suspect anyone in these images of a crime – we just need their help as key witnesses to what happened during the tragedy so that we can bring our investigation to a conclusion.
“Many of the people attending Wickedest Wickedest were extremely brave and courageous during the incident, showing huge compassion and support for the people who were injured and helping them to safety.
“We are coming up to a year on from the tragic event and are hoping this appeal may jog people’s memories and they may feel that they are now able to speak to us.
“Please contact us if you’re in the poster or CCTV clip or recognise anyone – a photo or video can tell us many things but only the people who were there on the night can tell us first hand.”
Nabila Nanfuka, a 22-year-old student from, Neasden, North London, died at Northampton General Hospital on Wednesday 19 October 2011. Nabila was studying leisure and tourism at the University of Northampton.
Laurene-Danielle Jackson, a 19-year-old student from Shepherd’s Bush, died at Leicester Glenfield Hospital on Sunday 6 November 2011. Laurene-Danielle was studying psychology and criminology at Kingston University London.
Angela Ferdinand and Ronato Jackson, the parents of Laurene-Danielle Jackson, have released a statement appealing directly to those who attended the event:
“We would like to make an appeal to any one of the 28 people who have not yet come forward who attended the Lava & Ignite nightclub in Northampton on the 18th of October 2011.
“As parents of Laurene-Danielle who lost her life we can appreciate how upsetting it must be to re-live the tragedy of that night, but 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.
“If it were you we are sure you would want all the information needed to get some kind of closure. Please imagine if it was you who had lost a daughter, sister, cousin or niece.
“Laurene-Danielle was only 19 and still had a lot to give in her life and we just need to know what happened. There are still a lot of blank pieces that the police need in order to continue their investigation. We do not want Laurene-Danielle’s death to go unanswered.”
The investigation remains ongoing and the officers are working alongside health and safety investigators from Northampton Borough Council.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police through any of the following routes:
Phone: 01604 888006
Text: 07557 775005
Post: Operation Seahorse, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ.
Notes to editors:
Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway is available for interview.
The parents of both Nabila and Laurene-Danielle do not wish to be contacted by the media and we ask you to respect their wishes at this difficult time. If you would like to make a formal approach to the families through us please email any requests to Kate Barrett and these will be forwarded to the families after consultation with the family liaison officers.
A PDF of the appeal poster, the individual photos and a link to the CCTV on YouTube and CCTV download is available online at: www.northants.police.uk/ClubTragedy
All of the individual photos included in the poster appeal are also available at: www.facebook.com/ClubTragedy
A 6MB wmv file of the CCTV is available by email on request.
A photo of Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway is available by email on request.
Students are believed to have travelled to the event from towns and cities across the country including: Northampton, London, Leicester, Coventry, Nottingham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Roehampton, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Portsmouth, Bradford, Canterbury, Greenwich, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Kent and Gloucester.
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