Grooverider denies headlining illegal rave where teenager died

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Grooverider denies headlining illegal rave where teenager died
23rd June 2014

A major DJ has denied playing an illegal rave in Croydon where a teenager died. 

Grooverider was named as one of the acts due to headline the party at a disused sorting office in Cherry Orchard Road.

But his agents have denied the artist appeared despite footage emerging of his act being announced onto stage by an MC and his name appearing in a flyer. 

The rave attracted an estimated 2,000 revellers but ended in tragedy when 15-year-old Rio Andrew died after falling ill at the event. 

A 19-year-old was also critically ill and another teenager lost part of their little finger. Falling glass outside the venue also injured another reveller. 

The Met Police have apologised for not acting on intelligence about the rave. 

Officers clashed with party-goers and were battered with ‘missiles’ including fire extinguishers and furniture, when they attempted to put a cordon around the party preventing others from entering on Saturday June 14.

Police were finally able to shut the party down when they entered the building at 8.30am the next day.

New evidence has emerged of similar events taking place in London.

Dan Freedman reports.

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