The Metropolitan Police are issuing letters to all schools in London to warn pupils about the dangers of popular illegal raves

School will be told to warn pupils away from illegal raves

School will be told to warn pupils away from illegal raves

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

Teenagers in Waltham Forest are being warned about the dangers of attending illegal raves after the death of a 15-year-old boy in Croydon.

Schools in the borough will receive letters from the police this week which they are being urged to pass on to children and parents following the death of Rio Andrew on June 16.

The notice from Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Letchford tells pupils in no uncertain terms that their safety is not considered by organisers of illegal raves which are growing in popularity.

He wrote: “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.

“Licensed v unlicensed events – any person attending a licensed event is afforded protection by requirements demanded of the event organisers by the licensing body. No such protection is afforded to anyone attending an unlicensed event such as a rave.”

Commander Letchford also asks parents to be ‘robust’ in checking their children’s social media use.

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7:41pm Thu 26 Jun 14

myopinioncounts says...

Yet the regular illegal raves on Walthamstow Marshes are allowed to continue through the night disturbing the sleep of local residents while the police and Lea Valley Regional Park authorities stand by and do nothing!
Yet the regular illegal raves on Walthamstow Marshes are allowed to continue through the night disturbing the sleep of local residents while the police and Lea Valley Regional Park authorities stand by and do nothing! myopinioncounts
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7:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is the drugs that are the harm not the music.
It is the drugs that are the harm not the music. Villagecranberry
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9:45pm Thu 26 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Drugs can do good too
Drugs can do good too stickmanny
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7:54am Fri 27 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Stickmanny how can you say 'drugs can be good too?' A 15 year old boy died at this rave. Tell that to his parents or the parents of Leah Betts or the thousands of families around the country affected by drugs including the victims of crime originating from drug use.
Stickmanny how can you say 'drugs can be good too?' A 15 year old boy died at this rave. Tell that to his parents or the parents of Leah Betts or the thousands of families around the country affected by drugs including the victims of crime originating from drug use. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Consider yourself trolled.

Fun isn't it?
Consider yourself trolled. Fun isn't it? stickmanny
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1:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
Consider yourself trolled.

Fun isn't it?
It is not 'fun' to parents who have lost kids to drugs, no.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Consider yourself trolled. Fun isn't it?[/p][/quote]It is not 'fun' to parents who have lost kids to drugs, no. Villagecranberry
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