'Police should have acted' say family of teenager who died at illegal rave

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'Police should have acted' say family of teenager who died at illegal rave
19th June 2014

The family of the 15-year-old boy who died at an illegal rave have criticised the police for not acting on intelligence which they believe could have saved his life. 

Scotland Yard has already launched an internal review after it was revealed police knew about the event at a disused sorting office in Croydon but failed to act. 

Officers became aware of the rave at 9.40pm on Saturday during a routine patrol. 

Support was called but when the riot van arrived to shut down the party, it was attacked with ‘missiles’ including furniture and fire extinguishers.

A cordon was put around the building stopping anyone else from entering but the party wasn’t shut down until 8.30am the following morning. 

Rio Andrew was taken ill during the rave and died in hospital on Monday.

The teenager’s dad has said police should have stopped the party from happening.

Rio died after drinking beer thought to have the horse-tranquiliser ketamine in it. Another 19-year-old, thought to have drunk the same cocktail of drugs and beer, has also been critically ill in hospital. 

Fourteen people have been arrested for offences including violent disorder, drug possession and money laundering. 

Another seven men are also wanted for questioning over violence during the party.

An emergency meeting about the situation has been held between police and council officials.

A Met spokesman said it received a ’single piece of intelligence’ that the event was taken place which was reviewed by a local officer but no further action was taken.

He added: “We are now conducting an internal review into how this intelligence was handled.”

Rio was accomplished athlete in all disciplines especially in the shot put. 

He was selected by the Jamaican national team during the 2012 Olympics to be part of their guard of honour during The Games.

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