‘The First Officers At The Scene…Withdrew To Await Further Police Support’


This afternoon.

Further to the death of three teenagers – Lauren Bullock, 17, Morgan Barnard, 17, and 16-year-old Connor Currie – at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on St Patrick’s night when there was a “crush” in the car park of the hotel.

A statement from Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin has been released this afternoon, stating:

“The ongoing investigation into the tragic events at the Greenvale Hotel is active and wide ranging.

“As part of that investigation, it is right and proper that the actions of all those involved are considered.

“Part of the investigation has included a review of the initial police response.

“The first police officers arrived at the hotel grounds shortly after receiving the 999 report.

“Following their initial assessment they made attempts to establish more detail and information about what was happening and subsequently withdrew to await further police support.

“When the first ambulance arrive police moved forward in support of them.

“The timing and nature of police actions during this period require further investigation to fully establish the facts.

“The Chief Constable has therefore decided that the initial police response should be subject to independent scrutiny and it is in the public interest to refer the circumstances and the nature of the actions of the first officers arriving at the scene to the Police Ombudsman.

“The family have been informed of the referral.

“The confidence of the families and the confidence of the communities we serve are at the forefront of our minds in our decision to refer this matter to the Police Ombudsman.

“We will work with the Ombudsman to support whatever action he undertakes and would ask that people do not speculate or prejudge the outcome of the Ombudsman’s investigation.”

Previously: ‘A Very Complex Investigation’

7 thoughts on “‘The First Officers At The Scene…Withdrew To Await Further Police Support’

  1. Truth in the News

    The name change, changed nothing, they are just as rotten as now as they were in
    the past, and whats worse we have one of them running the Police in the South, would
    someone ask Mr Harris what he knows about the Glenane Gang

  2. Termagant

    By all accounts there were hundreds of people in the melee, how many coppers are we taking about here that held back? If we’re talking single digit numbers then I think it’s only reasonable that they wait for backup.

  3. Ger Mc

    I’d be blaming the greedy bastard owner of that hotel. If it was down south he would have been given a slap on wrist.

  4. henry

    I do as well
    It was a disaster waiting to happen
    Remember the crush at copperface jacks in was it 2014 where hundreds turned up to get into a students disco for cheap drink
    That was a warning never heeded

    Its not exactly the polices fault that they were faced with this
    Maybe in hindsight
    The police should of ordered everyone to disperse and put a lock on the gate

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