11 Nov, 2012 @ 13:00
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Taxman to help police investigate Spanish Halloween tragedy

Madrid Arena crush tragedy

TAX inspectors have been drafted in to help determine if the Spanish venue where four teenagers died was overcrowded.

An investigation has been launched into the tragedy, which was caused by a crowd surge during a Halloween party at the Madrid Arena on October 31.

Police claim 18,000 people were inside the venue at the time, despite the capacity being 10,600 and organisers insisting only 9,600 tickets were sold.

Inspectors will now try to calculate the number of tickets sold against the IVA (VAT) paid on the entrance stubs to determine the exact number.

The incident is thought to have been triggered by someone in the crowd throwing a firecracker which caused the crowd to stampede.

Speaking about the tragedy, Madrid Mayor Ana Botella said: “All Madrid residents, especially those of us who are parents, feel the profound sadness and grief the families of the victims are going through.”

James Bryce

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1 Comment

  1. Very sad story this but if they are trying to work out how many people were in the venue by the IVA paid on tickets they will no doubt find it was way under capacity. This government really is incapable of realizing how many people don’t pay IVA and how large/bad a problem the black economy is

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