Royal Mail Sorting Office
The disused Royal Mail sorting office in East Croydon where an illegal rave took place@Session_Boy

Police have released images of youths suspected of causing disorder at an illegal Croydon rave where teenager Rio Andrew fell ill and died.

Andrew died after reportedly drinking a lethal cocktail of beer mixed with class B drug ketamine.

The Metropolitan Police Service confirmed a 15-year-old boy died in hosital on 16 June after falling ill at the rave, which took place on 14 June at a disused Royal Mail sorting office in East Croydon.

Thousands of revellers had gathered at the six-storey building, where a soundsystem had been set up.

Croydon illegal rave
Revellers ran out of the sorting office as officers swoopedLianna Brinded
Croydon illegal rave
Police waited until 8.30am to raid the old Royal Mail sorting officeLianna Brinded

The rave was discovered by officers performing a routine patrol, but despite calling for support officers waited until 8.30am before entering the building.

Detectives have now released images of seven people they would like to speak to in connection with disorder at the rave, which saw officers take cover as pieces of furniture were hurled at them.

None of the suspects is believed to have been involved in the death of Andrew.

Illegal rave suspects
The Met Police wants to speak to these seven people in connection with disorder at the illegal raveMet Police

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 pictured is asked to contact the Public Order Investigations Team on 0208 246 00760208 246 0076 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1110800 555 111.


A total of 14 people have been arrested in connection with the rave, nine of whom were arrested during the event.

  • Two men have been charged with violent disorder and drugs offences.
  • A 47-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were given adult cautions for possession of class A drugs.
  • Three men were arrested on suspicion of money laundering, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. All five have been bailed pending further enquiries.
  • Police made five further arrests today [Wednesday 18 June] for handling stolen goods and criminal damage offences in connection with the investigation. The five men all currently remain in police custody.