Two men arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over NI disco deaths

Tanya Cunningham
March 20, 2019

Survivors of an apparent crush at a St Patrick's Day disco that killed three teenagers have described their frantic fight to stay alive.

Another girl, 16, was in a stable condition, while two other teenagers were treated for injuries.

"But I also know the people of Cookstown, They are strong people - they will rally together and put their arms around these families".

"Our preliminary investigations show that there was a crush towards the front door of this hotel, and in that crush people seem to have fallen", Hamilton said in a press conference on Monday.

"The people on the outside of this line were so determined to get in they felt the need to not only push us against the wall but push with all their strength".

"I would urge young people who were present at the Greenvale last night to please get in touch with MIT detectives".

A lot of young people are believed to have been at the event in Cookstown - and parents were asked by police to collect their children earlier than planned.

A huge police presence as well as five ambulances were noted at the scene, which had been cordoned off. CPR was reportedly performed on some of the victims on the ground near the hotel.

Police have commenced a full investigation into the incident. You were the most down to earth, attractive soul and our Coral team will never be the same without you.

"I think we are fortunate, if that is the right word to use".

In that crush people seem to have fallen, we are examining CCTV footage to see if the people who had fallen were the deceased.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd expressed "heartfelt sympathy" to the family and friends of those who "tragically lost their lives on Sunday night and all of those who were there and who may be suffering".

She said: "People just started to fall but as one person fell another went down".

"I can understand that there may be some reluctance to contact police if you are underage, but please do not be concerned".

Police have also urged young people who were queuing or in the vehicle park of the hotel on St Patrick's night to come forward to help them with their investigation.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster tweeted that her "thoughts and prayers" were "with everyone impacted by this tonight".

One young person died at the scene and two died in hospital this morning, following the incident which unfolded at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown.

The senior officer added: "This is an event that should have been a celebration and it has turned into every parent's worst nightmare".

"My thoughts and prayers are with them all today and in the hard days ahead".

"The people that I've spoken to, they're very shocked".

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