Three teenagers die after St Patrick's disco in County Tyrone

Deanna Kelley
March 20, 2019

Books of condolence are to be opened in memory of three teenagers who died following reports of a crush outside a St Patrick's Day disco.

A 16 year old girl remains in hospital this morning, with her condition described as stable.

"A major investigation is now underway, however preliminary information suggests a crush took place towards the front door", a PSNI spokesperson said.

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.

He made a direct appeal for people with footage of the incident to hand it to police, rather than post it on social media. On Monday, he said: "We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the traumatic events of last night".

"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.

It said "two rapid response paramedics, two doctors and five emergency crews" had been dispatched to the scene. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said "an extensive police investigation" had been launched. "You were the most down-to-earth, attractive soul".

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Dr Nigel Ruddell, medical director of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said: "At this stage everything points toward it being a tragic accident and our hearts absolutely go out to the families of those involved and everybody who was caught up in this incident last night".

Several hundred people were trying to get into the venue, police said.

"My cousin was out celebrating St Patrick's Day in Cookstown, and fell victim to an unfathomable tragedy". Thank you Lauren for giving me the pleasure of coaching you all this time'.

It was "fortunate" more people were not killed in the incident, police said earlier today.

"I drove past this 10 minutes before it happened, not knowing that 10 minutes later an absolute tragedy would happen".

And Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill called it a "parent's worst nightmare".

In a statement on Tuesday, Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, Head of Serious Crime Branch urged people to come forward with information about the incident.

"Our thoughts are with Lauren's family and friends at this incredibly hard time".

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