Two dead in St Patrick’s Day horror in Cookstown Northern Ireland

Two dead in St Patrick’s Day horror in Cookstown Northern Ireland

A small number of people also suffered injuries as a result of the incident, police said.

With only snippets of information to work off, it soon became apparent that two young people had died.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said from his understanding, the event was not an underage disco so a "full investigation will be carried out as to why the young people were there".

In addition to the three deceased teenagers, another 16-year-old girl was in stable condition and other teenagers were injured after the incident.

On a cold and wet night, the "crush" occurred at around 9:45 p.m., as hundreds of people were waiting to enter the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received several calls last night following reports of a number of people having sustained serious injuries.

A source cited by Belfast Live said that something wrought chaos at the night party that was taking place at a vehicle park just outside the hotel.

It happened at around 21:30 last night.

St Patrick's Day tragedy: Three teens killed in 'suspected crush' at disco, number of others injured

In a short statement, hotel owner Michael McElhatton said management and staff were assisting the police with their investigation.

Earlier, the PSNI had declared a major incident and called on parents to contact their children at the disco and come to collect them immediately. Police appealed to witnesses not to share images on social media, but to give the material to authorities.

Shortly after the incident police posted a message on Twitter, urging parents to pick up their children from the venue.

Colin Neill, chief executive of Hospitality Ulster, said: 'We are devastated to hear of the confirmed PSNI report of at least two deaths this evening at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown.

"It is heartbreaking that an event which should have been fun for these youngsters on St. Patrick's night should end in such a bad tragedy", said Hamilton.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster tweeted that her "thoughts and prayers" were "with everyone impacted by this tonight". I know that the police are treating it as a major incident, and all the emergency services are on the scene.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families", she added.

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