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Tragic news
16/06/2014 21:06:00

I have just been informed that a young man has sadly passed away as a result of Saturday’s illegal rave at the former East Croydon Post Office.

He was just 15 years old.

My thoughts are with his family at their tragic and unnecessary loss.

Yesterday I said that the organisers of this event, which has caused so much damage and disruption, should face the full force of the law. In the light of this tragic news I stand by that statement and will do all in my power to make sure that it happens.

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On 16/06/2014 23:17:00 Grahame wrote:
This is indeed tragic news. I know that you have already started to ask questions about this appalling event. I now wonder if a fully-independent enquiry of some kind might be appropriate.
On 17/06/2014 00:50:00 Adam Kellett wrote:
I agree with your sentiments Gavin and hard to imagine how this lad's family must be suffering. Clearly we do not know all the facts yet, but while ultimate responsibility lies with the suppliers it is a reasonable assumption that if the police had not backed off and let the "rave" happen then he would still be alive.

I would imagine some senior officers are undergoing some serious soul searching tonight. Perhaps our thoughts and prayers should be with them as well.

On 17/06/2014 14:40:00 Thomas wrote:
I completely agree with your views, and would subscribe the strictest consequences for those so called “organisers” who often have no experience and/or concern for health, safety and hazard that an event of this size can have. More often than not even they are overwhelmed by the turnout. My heartfelt condolences to the young man’s family.

There seems to be a sentiment that if the Police had stopped the Rave; this might not have happened. But let me take you back to “not so long ago” when the streets of Croydon were a battle ground. I believe that if the Police had pushed hard there was a huge potential of things getting way out of hand and consequently more tragic.

Personally I think that the Police acted in the best interest of the Ravers and the Community, theirs is not an easy job and I am sure that the decision was not easy or taken lightly.




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