Cookstown deaths: youngsters die in St Patrick's Day stampede

19 Mars, 2019, 09:00 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The disco took place at Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown Co. Tyrone

Police have confirmed that at least two people died after a stampede allegedly broke out during St. Patrick's Day celebrations at a hotel in Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

A 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old boy have died in Tyrone, following what is reported a crush to get into a party.

They declared it a major incident and police, the fire Service and environmental health staff then also attended the scene.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said Monday that it appears the crowd was pushing toward the door to get into a disco event. It is believed a large group of young people were in attendance.

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.

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

It said "two rapid response paramedics, two doctors and five emergency crews" had been dispatched to the scene.

In an effort to understand what happened, Hamilton and the Northern Ireland police are interviewing those who are present and are asking those with footage of the incident to share it with them directly.

She said: "My two boys were there so I rang them, shaking, and thankfully got them both".

"He told me that a number of young people had become seriously ill". They didn't make it home.

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In an earlier tweet, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said that a multiagency incident was underway at the hotel.

"They came home very, very shaken with rumours that some people had died".

The venue had been hosting a St Patrick's Day event.

"There were ambulances passing our entrance", he said. "It's very sad to hear what happened".

"This is shocking and tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased".

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

Ms O'Neill added: "My thoughts and prayers are with the families".

"The people on the outside of this line were so determined to get in they felt the need to not only push us against the wall but push with all their strength".

While DUP leader Arlene Foster said her thoughts and prayers were with those affected by the tragedy.

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