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Greenvale Hotel owner Michael McElhatton still being questioned by police

Greenvale Hotel owner Michael McElhatton
Connla Young

GREENVALE Hotel owner Michael McElhatton continued to be questioned by police last night.

The 52-year-old, who met officers by arrangement on Wednesday, was released on bail later that day before returning yesterday morning.

He had appeared in court in Dungannon on Wednesday as police were granted a 36-hour extension to question him.

Teenagers Morgan Barnard (17), Lauren Bullock (17) and Connor Currie (16) died in a crush as they queued for a disco at his hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on St Patrick's night.

Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said last night: “Detectives investigating the deaths of three teenagers at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on St Patrick's Day were yesterday granted a 36-hour extension to question a 52-year-old man.

“He was released on bail last night and returned to Dungannon Police Station today where he is continuing to be questioned.”

A 39-year-old man who voluntarily attended Dungannon Police Station on Wednesday also continued to be interviewed yesterday in relation to the same investigation.

It is understood that people who attend for voluntary interview are free to leave at any stage.

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