Two arrested in connection with illegal Croydon rave

Police scene guard at site of Croydon rave

Police  at site of Croydon rave Pic: Kuan Yuan Xhu


Two men were arrested and two addresses raided yesterday in connection with an investigation into an illegal rave in East Croydon last month where teenager Rio Andrew died.

The raids occurred at addresses in Poplar, East London, and West Horsley, Surrey. The arrested men, both in their 20s,  remain in custody at a south London police station on suspicion of drugs and licensing offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Sian Thomas, from Croydon CID, said: “There are a number of on-going investigations into the events linked to the illegal rave in East Croydon and we will continue to pursue those involved in any aspect of criminal activity that took place that night.”

“Immediately after the event, we made it clear that we were determined to pursue those who were involved in organising the illegal event, and we remain committed to bringing those people to justice.”

Investigations are focusing on three areas: identifying the organisers of the event, identifying those involved in violent disorder on the night of the rave and investigating the circumstances of the death of Rio Andrew.

Andrew, 15, of Notting Hill fell ill at the event and died later in hospital.

So far, police have arrested 25 people in connection with the rave on Sunday June 15 in a disused Royal Mail sorting office in Cherry Orchard Road.

Police had previously released images on June 18, June 27 and July 14 to help trace suspects they want to interview.

The images can be viewed at

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