Fans hoping to get tickets to see Beyonce in concert in Manchester were reportedly crushed in a stampede outside Manchester MEN arena.
A number of fans were camping outside the venue from Friday night waiting for the 9:30 am opening of the venue doors to get their chance to buy some tickets. A spokesman for MEN arena commented:
Unfortunately, when we opened our doors at 5.30am what had been an orderly queue immediately stormed the box office windows causing a potential crush.
The police were called to the venue after it was reported that gangs and ticket touts rushed into the arena. Speaking to Manchester Evening News, 25-year-old Sarah Miah said:
I stayed in the tunnel outside the Arena to avoid being crushed when all hell broke loose at about 5am. Men were ripping open fire doors that were locked. Once opened, they fought to get through one side of a double door. Children were getting crushed and screaming. It was horrible. By far the worst night of my life.
Due to health and safety, the venue was then closed with many fans being turned away ticket-less.