Three teenagers killed in crush at St Patrick’s Day party in Northern Ireland

Three teenagers killed in St Patrick's Day crush in Northern Ireland (PA)
Three teenagers killed in St Patrick's Day crush in Northern Ireland (PA)
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Three teenagers have now died following a crush at a St Patrick’s Day party in Northern Ireland.

Two deaths were confirmed last night, but a third has now been announced this morning following an incident at a hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Two of the teenagers were 17 and one was 16.

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The incident at the Greenvale Hotel on Drum Road happened at about 9.30pm.

The venue had been hosting a St Patrick's Day event.

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Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said: “At this stage the cause of the incident is unknown, however police have commenced a full investigation into the circumstances.

"While the exact cause of the incident is still unknown, there are reports of a crush at the scene.

"Our preliminary investigations show there was a crush towards the front door of this hotel.

"There looks like there was a large crowd of young people pushing up against the hotel."

He made a direct appeal for people with footage of the incident to hand it to the police, rather than posting it on social media.