Investigation launched into Jamboree ‘overcrowding’

Ben Currie entertains the large crowd on Saturday Night.

Ben Currie entertains the large crowd on Saturday Night.

AN investigation has been launched into the crowd congestion that left members of the public injured at Saturday night’s Jamboree in the Park event in Fintona.

A number of people were hospitalised after crowds congested around the main entrance and toilet areas during peak times.


The PSNI said that a number of police officers also received ‘minor injuries’ and confirmed that two arrests were made.

Omagh District Council said it is working in conjunction with the PSNI and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service to investigate the circumstances of the congestion.

As reported in today’s Tyrone Herald, Andrew Short of AJS Promotions, who organised the three day event in the Ecclesville Centre, admitted his staff were “overwhelmed” by the number of people descending on the venue within a short period of time.

A police spokesperson said officers spoke to the organisers to facilitate additional entry points into the venue.

She said, “Police were in attendance at the event as part of the traffic management plans.
“Officers became aware of an issue in relation to the number of people attending and spoke to the organisers in order to ensure additional doors were opened for entry and exit.

“Two males were arrested at the scene for disorderly behaviour and assault on police. They were later released on bail pending further enquiries.”

The PSNI said they will be working with Omagh District Council and other statutory agencies in relation to this matter.


A council spokesperson, said, “Omagh District Council has been made aware of an incident at the ‘Jamboree in the Park’ event in Fintona on Saturday evening. The music event was held in the Ecclesville Centre, which is owned and run by Fintona Regeneration Initiative, and was organised by AJS Promotions.

“The Ecclesville Centre holds a current entertainment licence issued by Omagh District Council, permitting music events and concerts to be held at the venue.

“The council is investigating the events of the weekend in conjunction with the PSNI and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, in the context of its statutory powers in relation to licensing and Health & Safety.”

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