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Police Target Huge Raves Planned For Weekend
Police are trying to trace organisers of two illegal raves planned in London this weekend, after a teenager died at one less than a week ago.
The latest events are being advertised on Facebook and other websites and are due to take place in Wandsworth, southwest London, and Erith in the southeast on Saturday night.
Rio Andrew, 15, died after falling ill at an illegal party attended by 2,000 people at a disused sorting office in Croydon, south London.
Fifteen people were arrested after violence broke out at the event as police tried to stop more revellers from getting close to the building.
CCTV images of seven men police want to talk to have also been released.
Scotland Yard launched an internal review after it emerged that officers received intelligence about the rave two weeks before it took place but took no further action.
There is not currently believed to be any link between the organisers of the Croydon party and those being planned in Wandsworth and Erith.
Police have launched an operation in preparation for this weekend's events, which hundreds of people appear to be planning to go to.
Commander Simon Letchford said: "The people that organise them need to be aware that they are responsible for people's safety when they plan and put on raves.
"Parties of this nature are not licensed and they are often dangerous. No security staff, no medics, no concerns about the number of people present and unsafe properties all add up to a really dangerous place for people to be.
"People who live near these suggested venues shouldn't have to tolerate the associated noise, crime and anti-social behaviour that can come with such raves.
"We will have a policing operation in place in both Wandsworth and Erith over the weekend. Officers have been visiting local properties and landowners to give advice on security."