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Watchdog to investigate five officers over Greenvale crush tragedy

From left: Connor Currie, Morgan Barnard and Lauren Bullock, the three teenagers killed in the St Patrick’s Day tragedy at the Greenvale Hotel
From left: Connor Currie, Morgan Barnard and Lauren Bullock, the three teenagers killed in the St Patrick’s Day tragedy at the Greenvale Hotel

By Rebecca Black

Five police officers will be investigated by a watchdog over a tragic crushing incident in which three teenagers died on St Patrick's Day.

Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17), and 16-year-old Connor Currie died outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, in an incident which witnesses described as chaotic.

The Police Ombudsman is launching a criminal investigation into five PSNI officers for alleged misconduct over the tragedy.

The move comes after the PSNI asked the police watchdog to look into the actions of the first officers who arrived at the scene.

Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said the PSNI would co-operate fully with the investigation.

"The PSNI can confirm that it has been informed by the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland that it is considering whether five police officers who were involved in the initial police response to the dreadful events at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on March 17 this year have committed the offence of misconduct in public office," he said.

"We have full confidence in the Office of the Police Ombudsman to complete a thorough and independent investigation and we will co-operate fully throughout it.

"Until this is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

"Our thoughts remain with the families of Morgan Barnard, Connor Currie and Lauren Bullock, who tragically died at the event.

"The police investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths continues."

It is understood that while no officers have been suspended, the duty status of the officers will be kept under review.

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