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Police search for anyone who may have sold or given drugs to East Croydon rave death teenager Rio Andrews

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POLICE have appealed for information following the death of 15-year-old Rio Andrew. The schoolboy, from Notting Hill, died after being taken ill during the illegal rave at the former Royal Mail delivery office in East Croydon on Saturday. It is believed he drank from a bottle of beer that contained the party drug ketamine, the Advertiser understands. An emergency meeting was held between senior council and police officers yesterday to discuss the situation. A 19-year-old, who is understood to have drank from the same bottle, is in a stable condition in hospital. According to police, Rio had gone to the rave with a group of his friends. He collapsed and was taken to hospital where he died yesterday (Monday). Croydon Police want to speak to anyone who may have been with Rio or who saw him that night. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Baxter, heading the investigation, said: "Rio went out for the night with his friends. His parents had every right to expect that he would return home safe and well. "Sadly, he didn't and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time. "There has been speculation that his death was caused by drugs, at this stage no one can say that with certainty as we are still waiting for the results of the post mortem. "I want to speak to anyone who saw Rio during Saturday night, as he travelled from his home in Notting Hill to Croydon, to help us build up a picture of his night out. "If someone did sell or give Rio drugs then I want information to help us catch whoever that was. "If you know anything or saw anything that night please get in touch and help with our investigation."Anyone with any information is asked to contact Croydon CID on 020 3276 2264.

Police search for anyone who may have sold or given drugs to East Croydon rave death teenager Rio Andrews


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