🎥 “This is first and foremost a tragedy” DCI Raymond Murray gives update on Greenvale Hotel crush, reveals 350-400 people may have been involved pic.twitter.com/EG1GutOZM3
— Tara McLaughlin (@journoTara) March 19, 2019
From top: Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, PSNI Detective Chief Supt Raymond Murray speaking to journalists at a press conference in Dungannon today
In Dungannon, Co Tyrone.
PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, at a press conference, called on people who were at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday night, to come forward and to speak to the police.
They’re also appealing for any pictures or footage taken on the night to be given to the PSNI.
It follows the deaths of Lauren Bullock, 17, Morgan Barnard, 17, and 16-year-old Connor Currie during a “crush” in the car park of the hotel on Sunday night.
Mr Murray told the journalists present that between 350 and 400 people may have been in the carpark during the “crush” and that the PSNI wants to speak to as many of those people as possible.
He said about 160 of those 400 have so far come forward.
He also said that anyone who was underage at the licensed premises should not be concerned about any legal repercussions in relation to that.
“That is not an issue in this investigation. It should be an inhibition to any young person coming forward and telling us what they know.”
“The absolute focus in this investigation is about finding out how three teenagers came to die at what should have been a celebratory event, and what happened before that and what happened during that.”
Mr Murray also encouraged parents of young people who were present to speak to their children and encourage them to tell them to go to the police.
“That is absolutely critical to us getting an accurate picture of what happened that night. And I think we owe it to Connor and to Lauren and to Morgan to do everything we can to establish what exactly happened.”
Asked by a journalist if the PSNI, who have examined CCTV footage of the hotel, are close to understanding what happened at the hotel on Sunday night, Mr Murray said:
“I think we have some initial indications of what has happened. I don’t want to go into too many of them, as you understand. I’m in the middle of a very, very complex investigation.
“However, what we can say, without a shadow of a doubt, it’s been widely reported, is that it was a crush situation and one of the doors, which would have taken you through eventually into the function room, where the event was to be held, this crush appeared to go on for quite a period of time.
“And that is the focus of our investigation.
“However, we will be looking more generally about how the event was run, how it was planned for, all of that was part of what is going to be a long and complex investigation.”
Mr Murray also said many more than three people could have died on Sunday night.
AMENDMENT: 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. They are currently in custody.
— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) March 19, 2019