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Cookstown's busy nightlife scene has witnessed tragedy before

Ballinderry man Conor McCusker was injured during a night out in Cookstown in 2009

COOKSTOWN'S busy nightlife has long been a magnet for young people across mid-Ulster - and this was not the first time a night out ended in tragedy.

The town attracts revellers from east Tyrone, south Derry and north Armagh, many of whom are bussed in from rural villages for special club nights.

Concern has been expressed in the past about underage drinking on buses as well as outbreaks of violence when people spill out from venues onto busy streets.

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In 2009 Ballinderry man Conor McCusker (31), a brother of former Derry footballer Niall, died after suffering a head injury when he was pushed to the ground on James Street.

A 'colour run' is due to mark the tenth anniversary of his death next month.

Leslie Parkes from Cookstown died in 2011

In 2011 a man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a so called 'one punch' attack which killed Leslie Parkes near a venue on Molesworth Street.

The 20-year-old was knocked down and fractured his skull and died nine days after being taken to hospital.

In 2015 a woman was also jailed for a stiletto attack in a nightclub that left her male victim with permanent facial scars.

The victims of the St Patrick's night crush:

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