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Police acted appropriately at fatal nightclub crush

People were crushed when too many people tried to leave at once. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

A Police watchdog investigation into the handling of a fatal crush at Northampton's Lava and Ignite nightclub by police, has ruled the force's actions and decisions during the incident were appropriate.

Nabila Nanfuka, 22, and Laurene-Danielle Jackson, 19, both from London, were killed after an incident at the Lava and Ignite nightclub in the town in 2011.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission found it more than likely that police had not been informed of the event the nightclub was holding, and were only alerted when a large number of people began arriving at the nightclub.


Deal agreed between Council and Northampton Town FC

A deal has been agreed between Northampton Borough Council and the prospective new owner of the town's football club Credit: ITV News Anglia

A deal has been agreed between Northampton Borough Council and the prospective new owner of the town's football club - over the repayment of a 10.25 million pound loan.

Kelvin Thomas has been in talks with the council all day after agreeing yesterday to take over the troubled club from current chairman David Cardoza.

Land around Sixfields stadium will be transfered to the council for redevelopment so no money will need to change hands. Paperwork will now be signed over the next few days.

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Staff express relief over Northampton Town deal

There's relief among staff at Northampton Town Football Club as talks continue to ratify a takeover deal.

An agreement was reached last night between the club's current chairman David Cardoza and prospective buyer Kelvin Thomas.

Only the players have been paid since September, through a loan from the players' union the PFA, as the saga over the club's future rumbled on.

Staff who are behind on wages include manager Chris Wilder, assistant Alan Knill, coaches, ground and shop personnel plus club stewards.

Press officer Gareth Willsher said it had become extremely stressful for people there, some of whom were given loans by NTFC Supporters Trust so that they could get by.

"Everyone's pulled together, the supporters have been great, the staff have gone above and beyond I would say.

"So to have light at the end of the tunnel now, to have this agreement in place between David Cardoza and Kelvin Thomas is just a huge relief and I hope we can move on very soon.

– Gareth Willsher, Northampton Town

Mr Thomas is in meetings with Northampton Borough Council today to discuss how to resolve the outstanding £10.25 million loan which was made to the club.

The council will then hold a meeting this evening to decide whether they're happy for the takeover to proceed.

Northampton Town spokesman Gareth Willsher speaks about the staff's relief over the takeover deal

Northampton Town is to be sold after deal reached

Chairman David Cardoza has reached an agreement to sell his controlling stake in Northampton Town Football Club to Kelvin Thomas.

In an official club statement they revealed that the deal is subject to the legal paperwork being completed Credit: Paul Harding/EMPICS Sport

In an official club statement they revealed that the deal is subject to the legal paperwork being completed which is expected to happen before Friday's administration hearing.

The club said that they will be in a position to make a further announcement after the completion.


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Police warrant served on Northampton Town FC over financial irregularities

A team of officers from Northamptonshire Police has served a warrant on Northampton Town Football Club after receiving a formal complaint from Northampton Borough Council.

The police say it relates to alleged financial irregularities surrounding the loan made by the council to Northampton Town Football Club.

The officers served the warrant at Sixfields Stadium in order to secure any documentation which may be relevant to the investigation. The football club is being fully co-operative at this stage.

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Northampton Town Supporters' Trust set up fund to help staff who haven't been paid

The Northampton Town Supporters' Trust say that they are going to donate £10,000 to staff at the club who haven't been paid in six weeks.

The Cobblers' players were finally paid by the PFA recently, but staff still haven't received their wages since the club's accounts were frozen.

Click below to hear from James Averill from the Northampton Town Supporters' Trust

"It is the responsibility for the Chairman to pay the staff and it's something that's not been done so the Trust has set up a hardship fund, where there will be £10,000 available for members of staff as a loan to help them.

It's coming up to the christmas period, which we know is a very tough time for everyone."

– James Averill, Northampton Town Supporters' Trust
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