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Police Federation said it supports an inquiry into Greenvale Hotel tragedy

Connor Currie (16), Lauren Bullock (17) and Morgan Barnard (17) died during a crush outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on St Patrick's Night, 2019

THE Police Federation has said it supports an inquiry into the Greenvale Hotel tragedy.

Morgan Barnard (17), Lauren Bullock (17) and 16-year-old Connor Currie were killed in a crush as they queued to get into the venue in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on St Patrick's Day, 2019.

The circumstances around their deaths are being investigated separately by both the PSNI and Police Ombudsman.

A Police Ombudsman file about five PSNI officers has been sent to prosecutors.

Chair of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, Mark Lindsay, said he supports an inquiry into the causes of the tragedy and how it was responded to.

"The deaths of three young people on a night out is one which will resonate throughout society for many years to come and my thoughts are with their families as we approach the third anniversary of this incident," he said.

"I have no doubt whatsoever that my colleagues who attended this shocking and tragic incident did their best in what were unique and challenging circumstances.

"They responded in a timely manner to a scene that was no doubt filled with confusion, which no emergency services encountered here before.

"Like many others involved in this investigation, I am frustrated at the length of time this investigation has taken, which has only added to the distress of everyone involved.

"I agree with the families of the young victims that there should be an inquiry into the causes and responses to the incident, which examines the roles of the various agencies involved and that of the event organisers.

"The sooner this happens, the more comfort it will bring to all those affected by this terrible tragedy."

The Police Ombudsman said yesterday that during the course of its investigation "five police officers were interviewed under criminal caution on suspicion of the offence of misconduct in a public office".

"The Police Ombudsman has sent a file for direction to the PPS," a spokesman said.

"As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide any further information at this time."

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