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Cookstown: Industry will redouble safety efforts after 'unspeakable tragedy'

Three teenagers have died in a tragic accident at the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown.

THE head of Hospitality Ulster has said his thoughts are with the families of the young people involved in the Greenvale Hotel tragedy, adding that the industry will strive to learn from the "unspeakable tragedy".

Colin Neill said he would be writing to the licence authorities to see if there is anything they could do to reassess the risk assessments and how they are carried out.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances that led to three teenagers losing their lives in the crush outside the hotel.

Door supervisors, who work in licensed premises are regulated by the Security Industry Authority under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

A door supervisor has to undergo accredited training which is usually done over five days and then pass an Access NI vetting check before being granted a licence.

Both those supplying and working as door supervisors must be licensed.

To run any kind of nightclub event, venues are required to seek an entertainment licence from their local council, which requires a risk assessment, insurance and fire certificates.

The risk assessment will denote the number of doorman a venue is required to hire, the assessment takes into consideration factors such as the type of music and expected age profile of the revellers.

Mr Neill said: "Our industrial is subject to the tightest regulations on these islands. My understanding is that this was ticketed event and that limits the crowds. It also occurred in an empty space of a car park where you wouldn't usually expect such crushing incidents to take place.

"Without wanting to pre-judge the outcome of the investigation we will be writing to the licence authorities to see if there is anything we can do to reassess the risk assessments and how they are carried out.

"At this time our thoughts are with the families. This is a community tragedy and is a tragedy within our industry. Three young people have lost their lives and there are no words, no rationale and no excuses. We strive to make our venues safe and will double our efforts after this unspeakable tragedy".

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