PSNI refuse to apologise for arresting Tyrone hotel owner over incorrect drugs allegation

Police are defending their handling of the arrest of a Cookstown hotel owner over a suspected drug offence.

52-year-old Michael Mc Elhatton was subsequently de-arrested.

The PSNI has been giving an update on their investigation into the St Patrick’s day crush, which resulted in the deaths of three teenagers at the Greenvale Hotel in the town.

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The PSNI is refusing to apologise for arresting the owner of a Cookstown hotel on suspicion of possessing drugs with the intent to supply.

The 52-year-old was later de-arrested after a white substance was found to be harmless.

Michael McElhatton owns the Greenvale Hotel where three teenagers died in a crush at a disco on St.Patrick’s Day.

He was also questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and has been released on police bail, but says the drug allegation ‘blackened his name’.

Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray is defending his officers – saying it’s a fast moving investigation.

To date detectives have identified 400 young people who were in the queue in the car park on Sunday evening. 82 have been interviewed so far with arrangements made to interview 106 others over the coming days.

The funerals of Morgan Barnard, Connor Currie and Lauren Bullock will take place tomorrow.