Police urge schools to warn pupils away from illegal raves following deaths of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs and Rio Andrew

Around 2,000 people attended to rave in East Croydon

Around 2,000 people attended to rave in East Croydon

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Police have asked schools across London to warn pupils about illegal raves after the deaths of two teenagers with links to Croydon.

Commander Simon Letchford, of the Metropolitan Police, has written to headteachers to help "prevent a further tragedy" by talking to youngsters and their parents about unlicensed events.

It follows the deaths of Addiscombe 16-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, who died after taking drugs at a party in Hayes in January, and Rio Andrew, 15, who collapsed at the rave in East Croydon earlier this month.

In the letter, sent to secondary schools, sixth-form colleges and pupil referral units, Commander Letchford said: "As we approach the summer holiday period, some students may be considering their options to relieve exam pressure and may be attracted by the lure of an event such as a rave.

"It is important that those of us with responsibility for safeguarding young people do all in our power to prevent a further tragedy. The Metropolitan Police Service seeks your assistance with this by asking you to address your students, and their parents, on the dangers of attending such events."

He asks schools to highlight dangers of unlicensed events, such as overcrowding, easier access to drugs, and the absence of health and safety regulations.

Approximately 2,000 people, many of them teenagers, attended the rave in the former Royal Mail sorting office in Cherry Orchard Road on June 14.

The cause of neither teenager's death has yet been established.

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12:24pm Sun 29 Jun 14

christhegoth says...

A difficult subject.

Alcohol is still a bigger killer than Ecstasy ( chemically ); but you won't get knifed by a barman if you buy a round of beers and the cheque bounces. Dealers are less forgiving.

Yeah, The Police are right here. We need Legal Raves to stop these 'flashmobs' from showing up as 'surprise attacks'; and at the same time we need a major review of the illegal drugs now America is running large-scale 'legalisation' tests on it's populace. As we get results in from America we'll be able to see the real effect of Cannabis for example. What if the weak stuff is genuinely safe, and it's just Skunk that is the problem?

The debate needs to continue. The last thing we need is another 10-years of silly old fools banning anything they don't like based on personal hunches. The science needs to happen. It's the only way to know for sure. Prohibition is clearly not working. The only people doing well out of Prohibition are the gangsters.


Although I do agree that smoking Cannabis is highly anti-social ( like cigarettes ) and should not be allowed in Public even if the weed is deemed safe. Odds are passing people will not want a free hit ( and nor will their toddlers )...

I'm a Schizophrenic. The last thing I need is a hit from a bong. My head is too fragile to take something that powerful; but, then, that's the nature of brain injuries. They change everything. I can't drink that much any more either for the same reason. Chemical 'poisons' ( booze, weed, E ) are still chemical poisons, legal or not. There are 63000 mentally injured people in Croydon on record, potentially that number again not on the record, and the populace is 370,000. That's a big ol' chunk of people not well enough to take a heavy hit 'chemically'. 1/3 of our populace not strong enough to handle a Skunk hit, and 1/6 don't know they are this vulnerable.

I may have quit drugs 16 years ago, but it's a choice many people face now. Do I or don't I? And no-one wants to end up injured at a party.
A difficult subject. Alcohol is still a bigger killer than Ecstasy ( chemically ); but you won't get knifed by a barman if you buy a round of beers and the cheque bounces. Dealers are less forgiving. Yeah, The Police are right here. We need Legal Raves to stop these 'flashmobs' from showing up as 'surprise attacks'; and at the same time we need a major review of the illegal drugs now America is running large-scale 'legalisation' tests on it's populace. As we get results in from America we'll be able to see the real effect of Cannabis for example. What if the weak stuff is genuinely safe, and it's just Skunk that is the problem? The debate needs to continue. The last thing we need is another 10-years of silly old fools banning anything they don't like based on personal hunches. The science needs to happen. It's the only way to know for sure. Prohibition is clearly not working. The only people doing well out of Prohibition are the gangsters. Although I do agree that smoking Cannabis is highly anti-social ( like cigarettes ) and should not be allowed in Public even if the weed is deemed safe. Odds are passing people will not want a free hit ( and nor will their toddlers )... I'm a Schizophrenic. The last thing I need is a hit from a bong. My head is too fragile to take something that powerful; but, then, that's the nature of brain injuries. They change everything. I can't drink that much any more either for the same reason. Chemical 'poisons' ( booze, weed, E ) are still chemical poisons, legal or not. There are 63000 mentally injured people in Croydon on record, potentially that number again not on the record, and the populace is 370,000. That's a big ol' chunk of people not well enough to take a heavy hit 'chemically'. 1/3 of our populace not strong enough to handle a Skunk hit, and 1/6 don't know they are this vulnerable. I may have quit drugs 16 years ago, but it's a choice many people face now. Do I or don't I? And no-one wants to end up injured at a party. christhegoth
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