Police confirm Durham student who died outside nightclub died of head injuries

A 19-year-old student has died after a fence reportedly fell over outside a nightclub in the Walkergate area of Durham

A 19-year-old student has died after a fence reportedly fell over outside a nightclub in the Walkergate area of Durham

Eyewitness reports suggest her death was caused by a barrier outside the club, which toppled over after a group of boys pushed into the queue, described by one witness as "complete chaos".

Doormen at the venue reportedly made desperate attempts to resuscitate the woman but she sadly died.

Durham's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Owen Adams reportedly sent an email to students saying: "I am very saddened to let you know that Durham Police are investigating the death of a Durham University student in Durham City last night".

Olivia Burt suffered head injuries outside Missoula in Durham just before midnight on Wednesday.

The nightclub has been contacted for comment.

"We continue to assist police and the company who provide our door staff to fully understand what led to this awful accident".

Olivia was a first-year Durham student from Milford-on-Sea, studying natural sciences. Durham University have paid tribute to Olivia in a statement: "Olivia arrived in Durham last autumn to begin reading Natural Sciences".

'She had an outstanding academic record and was an exceptional sports woman.

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "They were queuing to get in, my friend was in the queue".

'The college has lost a bright and outstandingly able student.

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Miss Burt, a former head girl at Bournemouth School for Girls, had been in the European Championships with the British Sailing Team and had recently joined the university's team.

'As a popular and committed Junior Optimist squad sailor, Olivia Burt exhibited all the drive, determination and good sportsmanship required to progress as a successful Laser competitor.

"People were trying to reason with them, telling the bouncers it wasn't safe and someone was going to get hurt", a bystander told the newspaper.

"Our thoughts are with the student's family and friends at this very hard time".

He said people could easily jump from the second queue into the first, where Burt was, closer to the club doors.

Durham Constabulary, which spent yesterday examining the scene, has launched an investigation to establish the circumstances leading up to the tragedy.

Missoula reopened in September 2016 after a £385,000 investment.

"Until that is concluded we are unable to comment further".

"My thoughts go out to her family at this tragic time".

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