Nightclub death raises concerns over Durham student influx

MP calls for inquiries into death of Olivia Burt and into safety of city’s nighttime environment

An MP has demanded an independent investigation into the death of a university student outside a Durham nightclub amid warnings that the cathedral city is struggling to cope with a mass influx of young people. Roberta Blackman-Woods, the Labour MP for the City of Durham, is calling for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to investigate the fatal crush that killed 20-year-old Olivia Burt a week ago.

A joint investigation has been launched by Durham police and the county council, but Blackman-Woods has called for two independent inquiries, saying her concerns about the safety of nightlife in the city were repeatedly dismissed.

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