Statement: Temporary closure imposed on Brixton venue

22 December 2022

Written by: Lambeth Council

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The O2 Academy Brixton had its premises licence suspended today following a crowd surge at the venue on December 15 that resulted in two people losing their lives and other people suffering serious injury. The temporary closure imposed by Lambeth Council will apply until January 16 when a full review will take place.

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Statement: Temporary closure imposed on Brixton venue

Lambeth Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee met today and took the decision following the Met Police submitting an application for a ‘Summary License Review’ on December 20.

Cllr Mahamed Hashi, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “A tragic incident has happened in our borough and we are dealing with its devastating impact on our communities. Our thoughts are with those who have suffered, especially the families and friends of Rebecca Ikumelo and Gaby Hutchinson who have tragically lost their lives.

“I wish to thank my colleagues on the sub-committee for their careful and rigorous work in looking at this issue at this first stage of the process.  We will now continue with our work to reassure our communities about safety at the venue, get the answers needed about how this happened and support the Met police investigations into these tragic events.”

The interim steps available to Members of the Licensing Sub-Committee were to modify the conditions of the licence, to exclude the sale of alcohol, to remove the designated premises supervisor from the licence and to suspend the premises licence.

Representatives of the venue and the Metropolitan Police attended and made representations at the meeting.

The separate Met police Specialist Crime Command criminal investigation is being carried out by detectives reviewing CCTV, phone footage, speaking to witnesses and carrying out forensic examinations. An online page for the submission of photos, videos and information has been set up and we would ask anyone who can help to use this site.

Lambeth Council has joined community meetings in the wake to the tragedy, is helping the police investigation and is offering online support services that are available round the clock. For anyone impacted by this incident who feels they need help please visit