Security under review as surging fans ‘breach’ barrier at O2 Arena

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Less than a month after the deadly Astroworld crowd crush in the United States, fans broke security barriers and entered a concert at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night.

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Most young fans were at the former Millennium Dome to see Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid as part of their Made in Lagos tour.

The “No Stress” hitmaker has been playing three nights at the North Greenwich venue. According to the venue’s website, the first two dates were sold out and the third was added at a later stage “due to demand”.

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In a video shared on social media, the crowd can be seen moving through the main security checkpoint as workers try to stop them.

At one point, a metal-detecting arch gives way to the crush and falls over. In another video, a woman is seen pushing a security guard after apprehending another member of the public.

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One person wrote along with a clip being shared on Twitter, “Take a peek at O2 to see Vizzy’s performance.” Meanwhile, a woman with a different video wrote: “I am so confused. Why are they walking like Wizkid has never performed in London before?

According to O2, the situation was eventually “contained” and resolved by area security staff.

“This evening, there was a breach of security cordon at the entrance of the arena and as a result, many fans queuing up were able to enter the venue. The situation was immediately brought under control by the staff and the incident was resolved,” said a spokesperson of the Akhara. Granthshala,

“The venue is reviewing security procedures for the remainder of this week’s shows and advises fans to arrive early for security checks tomorrow night and again on Wednesday.”

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It comes just three weeks after 10 people were killed and dozens more injured on the first night of rapper Travis Scott’s two-day Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas.

At least 50,000 people gathered for the third annual event on 5 November, in which crowd-control issues were blamed for the final tragedies. People were reportedly jumping over turnstiles and fences to enter the sold-out festival without tickets, leaving organizers unprepared for the size of the crowd and onsite medical units overwhelmed.

One woman on Twitter compared the two incidents, writing: “People with no tickets were running into O2 like Astroworld, weren’t a few weeks ago..? You’re so weird to me.”

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