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Greenvale tragedy police 'aware someone trapped' on arrival at hotel - report

Floral tributes outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown
Floral tributes outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown

Police arriving at the scene of the disco queue crush at the Greenvale Hotel which claimed the lives of three teenagers were aware someone was trapped when they arrived at the scene, it has been claimed.

The Irish News reports the detail is included in a review of statements it has obtained.

Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and 16-year-old Connor Currie, died outside the Cookstown hotel on March 18.

Police said around 600 people were in the queue at the time and their initial response is being investigated by the Police Ombudsman.

Chief Constable George Hamilton referred his officers' initial response to the watchdog after it was revealed they withdrew from the scene to await further support and only re-engaged when an ambulance crew arrived.

Mr Hamilton described those officers' actions as "brave". He later apologised for using the term saying he regretted the hurt caused to the families of those killed.

It's been claimed police first arrived on the scene and waited in the car park before withdrawing to a location a short distance away for a further 11 minutes and until an ambulance arrived on the scene.

The latest revelation that police were aware someone was trapped in the crowd has led to further calls for an independent probe into the events on the tragic night.

Solicitor Darragh Mackin who represents the family of Morgan Barnard, said they needed to understand exactly what happened in the events which led to the death of their son.

Police have said it would be inappropriate to comment while the Police Ombudsman investigation was ongoing.

Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.
Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

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