Fifteen-year-old boy dies after illegal rave in Croydon

A 15-year-old boy has died after he was taken ill at an illegal rave in south London. More than 1,000 people reportedly attended the event at a former Royal Mail sorting office in Croydon on Saturday.

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Fifteen-year-old boy dies after illegal rave in Croydon

A 15-year-old boy has died after he was taken ill at an illegal rave in south London.

More than 1,000 people reportedly attended the event at a former Royal Mail sorting office in Croydon on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people descended on the former Royal Mail delivery office for the event. Credit: @Gareth_Davies09

Missiles were thrown at officers and the window of a police van was also smashed during the rave.

Fourteen people have been arrested for various offences.

A 19-year-old man, who was also taken ill, remains is in a stable condition in hospital.

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Police say they won't tolerate violent behaviour

Police have warned partygoers they won't tolerate any violent disorder, following the illegal rave in East Croydon overnight.

"Although the decision was taken to allow the event to continue while preventing further large numbers of people from gaining entry, police in Croydon will not tolerate violent disorder in any form.

"Anyone involved in the supply of illegal drugs, or who put themselves, police officers and members of the public in danger through acts of violence or criminal damage, should be aware that an extensive investigation has begun to identify, arrest and bring before the courts those who committed offences."

– Inspector Dave Sutton of Croydon police

Police make 9 arrests following illegal rave

Partygoers gather overnight at East Croydon Credit: @vickystew

9 people have been arrested, and 4 people have been taken to hospital, following an illegal rave in East Croydon. More than 1,000 people descended on the unused mail sorting venue in Cherry Orchard Road last night, and police officers on a routine patrol became aware of the event at 9:40pm.

Extra officers were called and cordons were put up to stop people entering the building. Some partygoers then became violent, throwing objects including chairs and fire extinguishers at police. The window of a police car was also smashed.

Police cleared the building this morning

Nine arrests were made for offences including violent disorder, drug offences and money laundering.

After monitoring the event overnight, police entered the building at 8:30am. The building is being treated as a crime scene and further arrests are expected.

4 people have been taken to hospital. 2 have been taken ill, one is suffering head injuries and one has an injured hand.

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Two arrests at illegal rave in East Croydon

Police at the scene of the illegal rave in East Croydon Credit: @Gareth_Davies09

Two arrests have been made at an illegal rave in East Croydon overnight. More than 1,000 people decended on the former Royal Mail delivery office for the event. It's believed the revellers caused damage to the building.

People gathering outside the illegal rave overnight Credit: @Gareth_Davies09

Instead of shutting down the rave, police at the scene allowed it to continue throughout the night and remained at the depot to monitor the area for any criminal activity. Two people have been arrested for disorderly conduct.

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