Teenage party-goers say illegal rave was 'like a riot'

Rave: The scene in East Croydon last night. Picture: @vickystew

Scene: Police in Cherry Orchard Road last night. Picture: @vickystew

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A teenager who went to an illegal rave in Croydon last night said it was the worst decision he had ever made.

The 16-year-old, who did not want to be named, went to the party in a disused mail sorting office by East Croydon station with about 30 friends.

The teenager, from Hertfordshire, said he had been to a lot of similar events around the UK and mainly London, but the party next to East Croydon station last night was “the worst”.

He said there were a lot of 14 and 15-year-olds there and many people were using drugs including MDMA, ketamine and acid.

Police were at the venue in Cherry Orchard Road from 9.40pm and eventually shut down the rave at 8.30am today, June 15.

The boy, who could not get into the party because there were so many people outside, arrived at 11pm but left at 12.30pm.

He said: “We had to leave because there was quite a lot of violence. It was a pretty bad experience.

“It was one of the worst things I have ever done.

“We went along because we thought it would be fun but there were so many people there not enjoying themselves and it just turned into chaos.

“These kinds of things are turning into things they shouldn’t be. Normally everyone is happy and just goes there for a good time but this was so bad.”

He said he knew about the party, which was advertised on Facebook, through people he met at festivals.

When he arrived with friends there were about 50 police officers outside.

He added: “There might as well have been a riot outside. It will put me off going to other ones for a long time.”

Another 16-year-old boy, who wanted to remain anonymous, was allowed into the party and said there were thousands of people inside.

He said: “It was poorly run. It was good at the beginning but then it got quite dirty.

“There was rubbish on the floor and there were people being sick – it was pretty grim.”

He said organisers of the rave are rumoured to make about £150,000 from the event, which charged a £15 entry fee.

A video posted on the promoters’ Facebook allegedly shows a 14-year-old girl passed out on the floor.

Another reveller said: “It wasn’t that good. I went to one of their nights in Acton before and it was good but this one was a bit dirty.

“There were people getting robbed and stuff. I think the kind of people who wouldn’t normally go turned up and started making trouble.”

Nine people were arrested after the rave and police expect more arrests as the investigation continues.

Do you have pictures from the rave? Send them to amy.dyduch@london.newsquest.co.uk

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3:03pm Sun 15 Jun 14

christhegoth says...

If you did Legal Raves you'd not have to worry about this.

Something for the politicos to discuss.
If you did Legal Raves you'd not have to worry about this. Something for the politicos to discuss. christhegoth
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Sun 15 Jun 14

TakeCover says...

Have you seen the damage.It was a riot !!!
Have you seen the damage.It was a riot !!! TakeCover
  • Score: 9

3:25pm Sun 15 Jun 14

TakeCover says...

Everyone has been very slow off the mark about this. Including the Tram Company, who up to midday said a good tramlink service was operating.
Everyone has been very slow off the mark about this. Including the Tram Company, who up to midday said a good tramlink service was operating. TakeCover
  • Score: 5

8:38am Mon 16 Jun 14

emelem says...

Raves still take place?? Had no interest in going in the 90s and still don't see the appeal...one of my few old fogey traits I'm proud of, lol
Raves still take place?? Had no interest in going in the 90s and still don't see the appeal...one of my few old fogey traits I'm proud of, lol emelem
  • Score: -1

10:18am Mon 16 Jun 14

christhegoth says...

Raves were fun, but this was a mini-riot. A squat-party gone bad.

However, if the 'punters' have a stake in their venue then they won't smash it up. As they'll want to come back 2 weeks later to run another event. It works in Ibiza.

I'd rather know where these events are happening so I can keep an eye on them. Getting nasty surprises like this is clearly not a good thing, and I would hope it obvious these kids have no plans to stop any time soon.
Raves were fun, but this was a mini-riot. A squat-party gone bad. However, if the 'punters' have a stake in their venue then they won't smash it up. As they'll want to come back 2 weeks later to run another event. It works in Ibiza. I'd rather know where these events are happening so I can keep an eye on them. Getting nasty surprises like this is clearly not a good thing, and I would hope it obvious these kids have no plans to stop any time soon. christhegoth
  • Score: 4

11:52am Tue 17 Jun 14

NR23Derek says...

Doesn't anyone recognise a speak easy when they see it? This sort of event is a direct result of the present drugs policy, which has not only created a massive out of control illegal industry to supply the drugs, but has also created the events to go with the drug use.

Raves shouldn't be like this, but it's the only way they can happen because of the stupidly restrictive licensing laws and other measures designed to try to stamp them out, surely after 20 years of trying it should be obvious the measures have failed. Legal "nightime enertainment" clubs are sanitised and expensive, these squat parties provide a "free space", free of the restrictions forced on legal events, that's why they are so popular.

This is exactly what the speak easies of US alcohol prohibition were and these squat parties will be as impossible to stop as they were.

So we have yet another "unintended consequence" of the war on drugs, another socially destructive result of a brain dead policy. Something needs to change and fast.
Doesn't anyone recognise a speak easy when they see it? This sort of event is a direct result of the present drugs policy, which has not only created a massive out of control illegal industry to supply the drugs, but has also created the events to go with the drug use. Raves shouldn't be like this, but it's the only way they can happen because of the stupidly restrictive licensing laws and other measures designed to try to stamp them out, surely after 20 years of trying it should be obvious the measures have failed. Legal "nightime enertainment" clubs are sanitised and expensive, these squat parties provide a "free space", free of the restrictions forced on legal events, that's why they are so popular. This is exactly what the speak easies of US alcohol prohibition were and these squat parties will be as impossible to stop as they were. So we have yet another "unintended consequence" of the war on drugs, another socially destructive result of a brain dead policy. Something needs to change and fast. NR23Derek
  • Score: 1

1:01pm Tue 17 Jun 14

christhegoth says...

I agree that prohibition does not work. But it's also obvious that Cocaine and Heroine are chuffing dangerous.

Drug Legalisation cannot be blanket in my view. Some substances are as safe as alcohol sure, but some clearly aren't.
I agree that prohibition does not work. But it's also obvious that Cocaine and Heroine are chuffing dangerous. Drug Legalisation cannot be blanket in my view. Some substances are as safe as alcohol sure, but some clearly aren't. christhegoth
  • Score: 4

2:31pm Tue 17 Jun 14

emelem says...

Alcohol safe?? Far from it, generally.
Alcohol safe?? Far from it, generally. emelem
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Wed 18 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

Quote. “These kinds of things are turning into things they shouldn’t be. Normally everyone is happy and just goes there for a good time but this was so bad.”

Hehe, someone else not used to Croydon and it's ways!
Quote. “These kinds of things are turning into things they shouldn’t be. Normally everyone is happy and just goes there for a good time but this was so bad.” Hehe, someone else not used to Croydon and it's ways! G_Whiz
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