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'This could have been another Hillsborough'

Organisers of Birmingham's Christmas lights switch-on have faced criticism after about 60 people were injured during a performance by the group JLS.

The free event at Millennium Point was swamped by more than 20,000 revellers. As crowds surged to get into the packed square, barriers gave way leaving four people needing hospital treatment and scores of others injured.

Birmingham City Council defended the decision to abandon the event and said an investigation had been started.

Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr told the BBC the incident 'could have been another Hillsborough'.


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