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Croydon death rave: No officers disciplined

East Croydon rave Image copyright Vicky Stewart
Image caption More than 1,300 people turned up for the party at a disused sorting office

No officers will be disciplined following a review of the way the police handled an illegal rave in south London after which a teenager died.

Rio Andrew, 15, died after attending the event in East Croydon in June.

A review began after it emerged officers had received intelligence about it weeks before it took place but took no action.

The review said there were no disciplinary issues but the Met must improve how it handles intelligence.

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Image caption Rio Andrew died after falling ill at the rave in East Croydon

More than 1,300 people attended the rave at the disused postal sorting office on Cherry Orchard Road on 14 June.

Disorder broke out, the window of a police van was smashed and missiles were thrown at officers after police tried to stop more people from getting close to the building.

The Met said 28 people have now been arrested in connection with the investigation for offences ranging from violent disorder to possession and four people have been charged.

Rio, who attended Holland Park School, in Kensington, died on 16 June after falling ill at the rave.

Talking about the results of the reviews, Cdr Simon Letchford said: "Whilst the review did not identify any disciplinary or misconduct issues for any of the officers or staff involved, we have recognised the need to improve the way we handle information and intelligence that could relate to illegal raves.

"As a result, we've made changes to the way rave intelligence is recorded, researched and disseminated.

"We've put in place new processes within our Intelligence units to ensure that any rave intelligence is continually monitored and reviewed, so that we're in a better position to either prevent or respond to an illegal rave in London.

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