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The police response to a disco crush that killed three teenagers in Northern Ireland has been referred to the police watchdog.

The Police Ombudsman watchdog was notified after it emerged the first officers who arrived at the scene of the tragedy withdrew to wait for support.

Three teenagers – Lauren Bullock and Morgan Barnard, both 17, and Connor Currie, 16 – died in the crush outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on St Patrick’s Day.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin, said the investigation into how the events unfolded is “ongoing”.

He said: “The first police officers arrived at the hotel grounds shortly after receiving the 999 report.

“Following their initial assessment they made attempts to establish more detail and information about what was happening and subsequently withdrew to await further police support.”

Mr Martin added that the officers moved forward when the first ambulance arrived.

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