Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Cookstown hotel disco crush: Two men arrested

Cookstown hotel disco crush: Two men arrested

A statement from the force said: 'Detectives from PSNI Major Investigation Team investigating the deaths of three teenagers at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Saint Patrick's Day have arrested two men aged 52 and 40 earlier today on suspicion of manslaughter.

In addition to the three deceased teenagers, another 16-year-old girl was in stable condition and other teenagers were injured after the incident.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the incident - reportedly a crush - took place at the Greenvale Hotel in the Cookstown area.

It is thought that some attendees fell to the ground as a large crowd of people tried to get into the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown at around 9:30pm.

Mr Hamilton also made a direct appeal for people with footage of the incident to hand it to police, rather than post it on social media.

Lauren's cousin Andrew McAnallen wrote online: "My heart is broken about what happened last night", he wrote.

"The St. Patrick's event is now over and I would appeal to parents to make contact with their children and collect them immediately", Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said, according to the police service's tweet.

Emergency services attended within minutes and attempted to resuscitate the victims.

Police have commenced a full investigation into the incident.

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He added: "Bad enough, a horrendous tragedy, but we could easily have been looking at more".

'I honestly can't put into words how much you will be missed.

"We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the three young people who have lost their lives".

"For three grieving families, friends and young people who witnessed last night's tragic events, compassion and support will be needed".

She said that pushing was "normal enough" on a night out, but added: "It just kept going and going and people just started to fall, but as one person fell another went down". I would urge you to use that with some caution. "It's very sad to hear what happened".

"She was a leader among her peers and a quiet, strong and loyal presence", she said.

In a briefing on Tuesday, Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, Head of Serious Crime Branch in the PSNI, said that young people should have no concerns about coming forward with information, even if they're underage. They have also been receiving treatment for shock.

"My thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this extremely hard time".

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