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The Metropolitan Police has called for the Academy Music Group (AMG)-operated O2 Academy Brixton to have its licence permanently revoked, following the crowd crush in December that saw two people killed.

It was announced earlier this month that the 2,315-capacity venue would remain closed for the foreseeable future, with Lambeth Council having announced a “thorough” Health and Safety review.

The South London venue had its licence suspended for an initial three months after fans without tickets tried to enter a gig by Nigerian artist Asake on 15 December last year.

Following the incident, a police investigation found that O2 Academy Brixton staff and security guards were accepting bribes to let more people into the venue for sold-out shows. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is also looking into corruption at the venue.

The Met told the PA news agency, “On Monday January 16, the licence of the O2 Academy Brixton was suspended for three months.

“On 14 April, the Met police submitted an application for a review of the premises licence to Lambeth council and will be seeking a revocation of the licence. This matter will be decided at a future council sub-committee hearing on a date to be confirmed.”

A spokesperson at AMG said, “AMG has cooperated fully with the Metropolitan police and Lambeth council since the tragedy at Brixton occurred. We have had regular meetings and discussions with the Metropolitan police and Lambeth council at which we have presented detailed proposals that we believe will enable the venue to reopen safely.

“AMG has been awaiting feedback on those proposals for several weeks and looks forward to hearing from the police as soon as possible in constructive terms.”