THE parents of a gifted university student from Milford have said they are “deeply disappointed” no criminal charges will be laid against anyone in relation to her death from a crush outside a nightclub.
Olivia Burt (20) died in February 2018 following the collapse of a metal railing outside the Missoula nightclub in Durham where she was a first year natural sciences student.
Following a police investigation the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had been asked to consider charges of gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter.
But lawyers for Olivia’s parents, Nigel and Paula, said the CPS had told them there was “insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction” against individuals or companies connected to the events which led to her death.
Nigel and Paula said in a statement: “Clearly we are deeply disappointed that after such a lengthy investigation, lasting more than two-and-a-half years, this decision has been reached.
“We hope that there will now be a thorough and independent investigation into whether any health and safety offences have been committed.”
In the wake of her tragic death, her parents launched Olivia Inspires, a charity which supports other young people from the New Forest to help them fulfil their potential.
Olivia was a former pupil of Milford Primary School who went on to become head girl at Bournemouth School for Girls.
She was a talented sportswoman who sailed internationally having learnt her skills on the water at Lymington’s Salterns Sailing Club. She left school with a clutch of top GCSEs and A-levels in maths, physics and chemistry.
She was in the Royal Yachting Association’s junior and youth squads in both Optimist and Laser, representing Britain at the European Laser 4.7 Youth Championships in the Netherlands in 2011 and the Laser Radial Youth European Championships in Denmark in 2014.