Hotel owner facing manslaughter probe after disco stampede arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs

Mail Online | 3/20/2019 | Joel Adams;Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
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A hotel owner who faces a manslaughter probe after three teenagers died in a disco stampede has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

Michael McElhatton, 52, owns the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone where the crush took place on Sunday at around 9.30pm.

Football - Fan - Morgan - Barnard - Lauren

Football fan Morgan Barnard, 17, was killed along with Lauren Bullock, 17, and Connor Currie, 16, in the horrifying press of bodies at the gates of the hotel.

McElhatton was detained on Tuesday with police revealing today that a search of a home in Moneymore, Londonderry, had revealed a large stash of class A drugs.

Police - Statement - 'Detectives - PSNI - Investigation

A police statement said: 'Detectives from PSNI's major investigation team investigating the deaths of three teenagers at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Saint Patrick's Day conducted a search at a house in Moneymore yesterday and seized a quantity of suspected Class A drugs.

'A 52-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been further arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.'

Morgan - Barnard - Body - Home - Today

Morgan Barnard's body was returned home today for the final time to his heartbroken family in Springvale, Dungannon.

It comes as police continue to interview two men, understood to be Greenvale manager McElhatton and a member of his door staff, who remain in custody having been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police - Yesterday - People - Crush

Police said yesterday more people could easily have been killed in the crush.

Around 100 young people were pushed off their feet by pressure from the outside of a huge crowd of around 400 youngsters...
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