Police to be probed by watchdog following the deaths of two Brent women in nightclub crush

Independent watchdog will investigate officers actions before and after event

A watchdog will investigate a police force following a nightclub crush that claimed the lives of two women from Brent.

The actions of Northamptonshire Police before and after the Wickedest Wickedest event at the Lava and Ignite club in Northampton will be probed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Nabila Nanfuka, of Yeats Close, Neasden, died after she was trampled to death at the event on October 19.

The 22-year-old was a leisure and tourism student at Northampton University.

On Sunday, 19-year-old Laurene-Danielle Jackson from Wembley also died from injuries sustained from the crush.

Ms Jackson, a former pupil of Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in Harlesden, was a student at Kingston University.

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Hundreds of people from across the country travelled to the event by coach and witnesses describe revellers rushing to the exits after an announcement was made that their transports were leaving.

Further panic is believed to have set in after a fire alarm went off following the announcement.

A 21-year-old woman who was also injured in the crush has since been discharged from hospital.

The club’s licence has been suspended by Northampton Council while an investigation is taking place and a full review will take place on November 14.

A separate police investigation is being carried out.

An inquest into Ms Nanfuka’s death which was opened and adjourned last week heard she died from traumatic crush asphyxia.

More than 600 mourners attended her funeral.

An inquest into Ms Jackson’s death has yet to be scheduled.