Hotel owner and doorman arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after tragic disco stampede

Mail Online | 3/20/2019 | James Wood For Mailonline
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Police have arrested a hotel owner and doorman on suspicion of manslaughter today after three teenagers were killed during a St Patrick's Day disco stampede on Sunday.

Lauren Bullock and Morgan Barnard, both 17, and Connor Currie, 16, were killed when pushing broke out in a crowd of around 700 teenagers waiting to get into the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

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The high school cheerleader, keen football supporter and promising Gaelic football player died when around 100 young people were pushed off their feet as a huge crowd attempted to get inside the hotel.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed this evening that two arrests had been made in the wake of the tragic incident, saying men aged 52 and 40 had been taken into custody.

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The owner of the Greenvale Hotel, Michael McElhatton, is understood to be one of the men arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. While a member of the door staff at the hotel is thought to be the other suspect detained.

A statement from the force said: 'Detectives from PSNI Major Investigation Team investigating the deaths of three teenagers at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Saint Patrick's Day have arrested two men aged 52 and 40 earlier today on suspicion of manslaughter.

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'They are currently in custody'.

Multiple eyewitness accounts have described the horror of teens fighting to breathe and screaming hysterically for space to move as dozens were knocked off their feet and crushed down at the event.

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Today, tearful well-wishers embraced tightly after laying flowers at a shrine to the dead beside a police cordon. Hundreds of mourners have left written and floral tributes to the three teenagers who died.

Connor Currie, 16, who played for Edendork St Malachy's GAA club, was one of three young people to lose their lives.

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