Student dies after reported crush incident outside United Kingdom nightclub

Student dies after reported crush incident outside United Kingdom nightclub

Eyewitnesses say the woman, 19, became trapped under the barrier which toppled over outside the Missoula nightclub in the city's Walkergate last night.

She was pulled out with a bleeding wound as a doorman and one of her friends tried to resuscitate her, but she died soon afterwards.

Professor David Held of Durham University said Miss Burt was "bright and outstandingly able".

Police are investigating the tragic death of 20-year old Durham student Olivia Burt.

'A joint investigation is ongoing between ourselves and Durham County Council to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident'.

The nightclub has been contacted for comment.

The Durham University student who died outside a nightclub on Wednesday has been named by police as Olivia Burt from Hampshire.

"We continue to assist police and the company who provide our door staff to fully understand what led to this bad accident". The 20 year old was a first year student studying Natural Sciences, she had previously attended Bournemouth School for Girls where she was head girl. She arrived last autumn to begin reading natural science with glowing references from her school where she was regarded in the highest possible terms.

"She had an outstanding academic record and was an exceptional sports woman".

Police guard the scene outside Missoula nightclub in Durham due to a possible crushing incident outside the club
Police guard the scene outside Missoula nightclub in Durham due to a poss

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "They were queuing to get in, my friend was in the queue".

In a number of heartbreaking tributes posted on social media, friends describe the student as "a bright, attractive and kind person".

Chris Atherton, a spokesman for The Royal Yachting Association, of which Miss Burt was also a member, said: "Olivia's passion for sailing always shone through and all those who knew her in the sailing community will miss her tremendously; she was both a likeable and fair competitor".

He said people could easily jump from the second queue into the first, where Burt was, closer to the club doors. She was part of the British Sailing team in the European Championships.

"Our thoughts are with the student's family and friends at this very hard time".

'Until that is concluded we are unable to comment further.

A spokesperson for Durham Police today said they have launched an investigation.

Missoula, formerly known as the Slug and Lettuce pub, opened in September 2016 following a £385,000 investment.

"My thoughts go out to her family at this tragic time".

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