4 in critical condition after collapsing in a London concert hall

Four people were hospitalized in critical condition after an alleged crush at a London concert hall on Friday.

Police said eight people were taken to hospitals after being caught in a crowd trying to get into the O2 Brixton Academy, where Nigerian singer Asake was performing. Two other injured were treated at the scene.

Police said emergency services were called Thursday night after “a large crowd tried to gain entry without tickets”. Video from outside the venue shows dozens of people crowding inside.

The Metropolitan Police Force said officers, ambulances and firefighters arrived and found “a number of people with injuries believed to have been caused by crushing”.

The force said they will conduct a thorough investigation into what happened and how officers treated the crowd.

Metropolitan Police Gold Commander Ade Adelekan said officers who use force “know they must be held accountable for their actions”. He said the officers’ body-worn video footage was being examined as part of an investigation into the incident.

“This is an extremely worrying incident which has left four people critically ill in hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families,” he said. “A police investigation has been launched and it will be as thorough and as forensic as is necessary to determine exactly what happened last night.”

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