May 22 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Friday, July 13, 2012
The deaths of two clubbers at Alexandra Palace has been put down to “lifestyle choices”, absolving staff of blame.
A report into the security during two all-night music events at the Palace in November last year found the two deaths were not caused by “any actions, omissions, failings or malpractice on the part of any employees, management or directors of Alexandra Palace Trading Limited (APTL), Lock & Load, or any contractors present at the event”.
Richard Michael Baker, 20, of Mount Road, Chessington, Surrey, and Lloyd Edward Jones, 21, of Thornhurst Avenue, Oswestry, Shropshire, died on Sunday, November 26 last year.
Mr Jones had attended the UKF Bass Culture event on Friday night, while Mr Baker had attended the Together Winter Music Festival on Saturday night.
It is thought both men had taken the class A drug ecstasy, which was from a rogue batch.
Inquests into their deaths are due to take place next week.
The report, which was presented to the Alexandra Palace and Park board earlier this year, looked into suggestions made on social networking sites of lax security before the event – allowing drugs to enter the venue – but found targeted searches on patrons, bag searches and CCTV was all being used. The only criticism made was having only two search lanes, rather than four.
The board was told the decision not to rebook another Lock & Load event was not because of poor management, but because press coverage meant it carried a higher risk and any small issue would be blown out of proportion by the media.
It was agreed the suggestions made by the report would be used when organising future events.