Young Rave Over Croydon

On Saturday the 14th of June an illegal rave in East Croydon, Surrey, turned violent and resulted in the arrest of nine people and hospitalisation of four others. Large crowds attending the rave were first spotted by police around 10pm. The area had around 1000 party goers, with another 300 inside.

The police arrived to stop people entering and were met with missiles from the crowd. The window of a police van was smashed during the attack. A person with an injured hand and another with a head injury were taken to hospital. The police then allowed the event to continue.

Two people were arrested in connection with violent disorder under the Public Order Act 1986. This was legislation brought in by Margaret Thatcher to quell football violence and perhaps the odd striker. Seven others were arrested for alleged drug offences, violent disorder and money laundering. Of these seven, two were given cautions for possession of Class A drugs and the remaining five have all been bailed. Another five men were arrested the following day on suspicion of handling stolen goods and criminal damage offences.

15-year old Rio Andrew, who was taken ill after the party, subsequently died.

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