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Two dead and several injured after St Patrick’s Day party at Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown

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Two people have died and a number of people injured following a serious incident at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown last night (Sunday).

Police said a multi-agency operation is continuing at the venue on the Drum Road.

In the early hours of this morning ACC Mark Hamilton said: “I can confirm there are two fatalities at this stage and a small number of other casualties.”

It is understood a St Patrick’s disco night was taking place at the venue.

NI Ambulance Service dispatched two rapid response paramedics, two doctors and five emergency crews to the scene.

“It is an ongoing incident and the only details available at this minute are that two patients have been taken to hospital in serious condition,” a spokesman said late on Sunday night.

Local councillor Trevor Wilson said: “There seems to have been a stampede, and a number of people have been badly injured.”

DUP leader Arlene Foster said her “thoughts and prayers (are) with everyone impacted by this tonight”.

Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill tweeted: “Heartbreaking news coming from Cookstown tonight. A parents worst nightmare. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster, said: “We are devastated to hear of the confirmed PSNI report of at least two deaths this evening at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown.

“This is shocking and tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.”

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