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More than £11,000 raised in support of Greenvale Hotel victims' families

 

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Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

More than £11,000 has been raised to help the families of three young people who lost their lives at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown last Sunday.

Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and 16-year-old Connor Currie died in a crush as they waited to enter the disco on St Patrick's Day.

A fundraising campaign, started by Co Tyrone woman Janice Devlin, has raised a staggering £11,033, despite having an original target of £2,000.

The funds are to be split equally between each of the families.

Ms Devlin, from Coalisland, said: "I'm so overwhelmed with our little community and it's great we could fundraise together.

"I am so thankful to each and every person who donated and shared the link and left comments, totally united in grief."

The funerals for each of the young people took place on Friday.

The PSNI has launched a major investigation into the tragedy.

Greenvale Hotel owner Mickey McElhatton was released on bail on Wednesday after being arrested on manslaughter charges.

The PSNI has said officers are "heartened" that 72 people had turned up at the police facility established at Burnavon Arts Centre in Cookstown to obtain information from the public.

Police have identified just over 400 people were at the event, either in the queue or in the car park. As of Thursday afternoon, 82 had been interviewed.

Anyone with any information, images or footage can pass it to police via the following link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI19O08-PO1.

Belfast Telegraph