Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

BlackBerry PR party descends into chaos after stabbing

Man attacked after Jesse J performance

Article comments

A huge VIP party thrown by phone company BlackBerry in London descended into violence last night after one of the 700 guests ended the night in hospital after being stabbed in the neck.

The event at Bankside Vaults in Southwark was supposed to promote the virtues of the BlackBerry Messenger Service (BBM) to an invite-only list of journalists and celebrities, with hit Brit singer Jesse J used as a lure.

Instead it will be remembered for a fight between two attendees as the singer ended her set that has left one of them in a serious condition in hospital and his accused 25-year old assailant in police custody.

"Our first concern is the well-being of the individual concerned,” the company said in a statement. "We are doing all that we can to assist the police with their inquiries."

Police held hundreds of people attending the event for two hours as they established the course of events and trawled for witnesses.

As well as being a personal tragedy, the event is a PR disaster for BlackBerry that had pencilled the unusually large party as a mark of confidence in its troubled platform after weeks of bad news.

Other notables paid to attend included rappers Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder, comedian Russell Kane, and most of the cast of TV shows The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea.

Despite recent and possibly misconstrued reports that BlackBerry is giving up on the consumer market, the company’s handsets still have a large following among the UK’s younger smartphone users.


More from Techworld

More relevant IT news


Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *