Man arrested after illegal Croydon rave

CCTV images of the men police seek to trace

CCTV images of the men police want to trace Pic: Met Police

CCTV images of the men police want to trace

CCTV images of the men police want to trace Pic: Met Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with a Croydon rave where a teenager died.

The 18-year-old man handed himself in after images of men the police are trying to trace were released and is currently in police custody in south London.

Rio Andrew, 15, died after falling ill at the rave at a disused sorting office in Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon on Sunday.

During the rave, party-goers launched fire extinguishers and furniture at the police after officers attempted to stop additional people from entering the building.

Taxi driver Denise Borge, who was working at East Croydon Train Station on Saturday night said: “I saw a lot of people picking up items from the floor and throwing them and a couple of taxi drivers told me people had tried to rip off their wing mirrors.”

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Public Order Investigations Team are still trying to identify six other men caught on CCTV as they believe they may hold key information about the disorder that happened during and after the rave.  They are not thought to be involved in any way with the death of Rio Andrew.

Commander Simon Letchford said: “The behaviour of some of those attending this illegal rave and the direct attacks on officers who were there to maintain public safety is completely unacceptable. We will identify all those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with any information about the seven men pictures is asked to contact the Public Order Investigations Team on 0208 246 0076 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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