THE actions of the PSNI when they first arrived at the scene of the Greenvale Hotel tragedy on St Patrick’s night in which three young people died have been referred to the Police Ombudsman for investigation.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Deputy Chief Constable, Stephen Martin, said that police who responded to the 999 call had withdrawn from the hotel grounds to await further police support.
“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. When the first ambulance arrived, police moved forward in support of them,” he said.
“The timing and nature of police actions during this period require further investigation to fully establish the facts. The Chief Constable has therefore decided that the initial police response should be subject to independent scrutiny and it is in the public interest to refer the circumstances and the nature of the actions of the first officer arriving at the scene to the Police Ombudsman.”
The families of the three teenagers, Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie have been informed of the referral.
“The confidence of the families and the confidence of the communities we serve are at the forefront of our minds in our decision to refer this matter to the Police Ombudsman. We will work with the Ombudsman to support whatever action he undertakes and would ask that people do not speculate or prejudge the outcome of the Ombudsman’s investigation,” the Deputy Chief Constable added.