Dozens injured at Birmingham JLS Christmas lights gig

Author: Reuters

X-Factor runners-up JLS had just finished their set at Millennium point, when
a metal crash barrier penning the crowd in failed, leaving scores needing
treatment, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Four people were taken to hospital and one sustained multiple fractures during
the crowd crush, it said.

The event, which had been due to feature other top bands including the
Sugababes, was subsequently cancelled. Paramedics set up a special unit to
treat the injured at the scene.

According to Birmingham City Council many thousands more than the 5,000 fans
expected at the event turned up.

Some estimates put the total at 27,000 by the time the band JLS had finished
their set.

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