Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Patrick’s Day Stampede Outside Disco Kills Three Teenagers In Northern Ireland

Patrick’s Day Stampede Outside Disco Kills Three Teenagers In Northern Ireland

Three teenagers were killed and three others were hurt during a stampede and crush last night at a St Patrick's Day youth disco in Northern Ireland.

Four people were taken to hospital, including the victims who died.

A 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy have died following the incident at the Greenvale Hotel on Sunday night.

"I can confirm there are 2 fatalities at this stage and a small number of other casualties", Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said on Twitter.

He also confirmed that the three teenagers dead were a 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy.

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.

"We also have reports of some fighting after the incident commenced and at least one person has reported that they were assaulted".

"Preliminary investigations show there was a crush towards the front door of the hotel".

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Ast Ch Con Hamilton also made a direct appeal for anyone with footage of the incident to hand it to police, rather than post it on social media.

"Police arrived within two minutes of the call from the Ambulance Service and quickly secured the scene".

Reacting to the news, the DUP's Keith Buchanan said: "This was a very serious incident at a venue that was obviously very busy on St Patrick's night".

"They were on their way home at that stage".

The service added: 'Three patients have been taken, by ambulance, to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment for various injuries and another to Craigavon Area Hospital'.

Posting on Facebook at around 10.40, PSNI Cookstown asked parents to "immediately" collect their children.

"People then seem to have fallen and then got crushed", Hamilton said.

DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted: "Thoughts and prayers with everyone impacted by this tonight".

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