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Online trolls target Cookstown crush victim Lauren Bullock

Twisted trolls have set up an Instagram account in the name of Cookstown crush victim Lauren Bullock
Connla Young

New details about the sick social media mocking of tragic teenager Lauren Bullock, who died after a crush outside a Co Tyrone hotel, have emerged.

It is understood a fake Instagram account was set up last week.

It is believed to be one of several fake accounts in the names of three teenagers who died in a crush outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on St Patrick’s night.

The victims included 17-year-old cheerleader Lauren, Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16).

It is believed the sick messages were posted about Lauren last Friday - the same day Lauren and the other victims were buried.

The Instagram account features a picture of Lauren and the message: “Hi, I’m a fan cheerleader xx Cookstown massacre @dungannon Ireland."

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Sources say that a second message posted on Instagram contained an audio recording mocking the death of the teenager.

It is understood that a separate Facebook post included a sectarian remark has also been reported to the PSNI.

From left, Connor Currie (16), Lauren Bullock (17) and Morgan Barnard (17) died following a crush outside a St Patrick's Day disco at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown

Mid Ulster SDLP councillor Denise Mullen said she reported the sick social media posts to police last week.

“It’s disgusting, it’s sick,” she said.

“Have they no empathy for the families.

“The community just finds it so offensive, they are totally heartless people.”

In a statement posted on the PSNI’s Cookstown Facebook page the force said it was aware of the profiles and was “working with the relevant companies to have them removed”.

“We are also looking to establish who is behind the with a view to arrest and prosecution.”

Police have also urged people not to share profiles set up using the names of the three victims.

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