Police Warned Of Fatal Rave Two Weeks Ago
Tuesday 17th June 2014
It has emerged that the Met Police were told an illegal rave in south London - that led to the death of a teenager - would be taking place two weeks beforehand and didn't stop it.
An internal police review is underway into why officers failed to act on the intelligence surrounding Saturday night's rave in East Croydon
Around 2,000 people were at the event at a disused sorting office in Cherry Orchard Road.
Officers decided against stopping it as it was deemed too dangerous and, despite a routine patrol coming across it at 9.40pm, didn't enter the building until 8.30am the next morning.
Rio Andrew died in hospital yesterday after becoming ill at the event. It is reported the 15 year old's drink had been spiked with the drug ketamine.
A 19-year-old man was also taken ill. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Six other people who were taken to hospital with injuries - they have all been discharged.
Detectives from Croydon CID now want to speak to anyone who may have been with Rio or who saw him on Saturday night into Sunday morning.
DCI Steve Baxter, leading the investigation, said:
"Rio went out for the night with his friends, his parents had every right to expect that he would return home safe and well. Sadly, he didn't and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.
"There has been speculation that Rio's death was caused by drugs, at this stage no one can say that with certainty as we are still waiting for the results of the post mortem.
"I want to speak to anyone who saw Rio during Saturday night, as he travelled from his home in Notting Hill to Croydon, to help us build up a picture of his night out. If someone did sell or give Rio drugs then I want information to help us catch whoever that was.
"If you know anything or saw anything that night please get in touch and help our investigation."
Fourteen people have been arrested since the rave.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Croydon CID on 0203 276 2264.