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Dozens treated after ‘tear gas’ dispersed in Bournemouth nightclub

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Paramedics have treated 40 people after an irritant, suspected to be tear gas, was released during a hip-hop gig at a nightclub.

Cameo nightclub in Bournemouth was evacuated at 2am after a number of revellers complained of shortness of breath and itchy eyes.

One person was taken to hospital as a precaution, while South West Ambulance Service initially said 20 patients were treated for “minor throat irritation”.

British hip-hop artist Yungen had been performing at the venue as part of university freshers’ week events.

He wrote on Twitter afterwards: “Everyone that just come to see me in Bournemouth as I’m sure all you could see the police shut off my mic without saying anything mid performance (sic) because apparently someone sprayed pepper spray.

“It was so f****** sick up to that point.

“I hope everyone’s safe.”

Paramedics treated 40 people at the scene. Pic: JCKROFS
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Paramedics treated 40 people at the scene. Pic: JCKROFS

Phoebe Cornish, who was inside the venue at the time, shared a video with Sky News that shows people being asked to leave the club after the music was turned off.

Videos shared on social media show a large group outside the venue as paramedics and police dealt with incident.

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “At 2am today, Dorset Police received a report that some type of irritant, possibly CS spray, had been released within the Cameo nightclub on Fir Vale Road, Bournemouth.

Firefighters were called to the scene in Bournemouth
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Firefighters were called to the scene in Bournemouth

“Following a decision by management of the premises to evacuate, around 40 people were treated by the ambulance service for minor effects.”

Police said an investigation remains ongoing.

The force added they found no evidence of any chemical or noxious substance that posed an ongoing risk to the public during a search of the venue.

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