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Police to be probed over club deaths

TRAGEDY: Laurene-Danielle Jackson died in a stampede at a nightclub in Northampton.

NORTHAMPTON POLICE are being investigated following the fatal deaths of two women in a nightclub stampede last month.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed that it had begun investigating the actions of Northamptonshire Police ahead of and during the incident at the Lava & Ignite nightclub in Northampton on October 19.

The incident led to the deaths London women, Nabila Nanfuka, 22, and Laurene-Danielle Jackson, 19, who were crushed to death when the club, packed full of partygoers from universities around the UK, surged towards the exit.

Miss Nanfuka from Neasden, North West London, who suffered traumatic crush asphyxia, died instantly.

Miss Jackson, from Wembley, north London, died on Monday (Nov 7).

Tributes for the tragic pair have flooded Twitter and other social networking sites.

"I refuse to watch the news. In my eyes she's still with me, next to me smiling. We will catch up soon, I miss you so much," Mike Larbi wrote.

"There are no words to describe how I feel right now. She was my childhood friend, my baby girl. I'll see you soon," school friend, Seble Mariam Tesfaye added.

It has been alleged that stampede was caused when the DJ at the venue, which is believed to have exceeded maximum capacity, announced that the coaches - used to ferry students' back to their respective universities -would be leaving, causing the crowd to rush towards the exit.

A 21-year old, who was also injured, was released from Northampton General Hospital last month.

Northampton Borough Council has temporarily suspended the nightclub's licence while an investigation is carried out. A full review of the nightclub's licence will take place on November 14, the council has said.

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