Croydon rave: Party attracts 1,000 resulting in clash with police, nine arrests and four hospital admittances

The party was held within a disused post office

Nine people have been arrested following a mammoth rave in a disused post office last night, on which hundreds of revellers descended.

East Croydon became a miniature festival site after the abandoned sorting office was utilised as the perfect party venue, with as many as 1,000 people attending.

Officers were called to the scene on Cherry Orchard Road at 9.40pm - an hour before England’s inaugural World Cup kick-off - with it now declared a crime scene.

Following police intervention the atmosphere became violent, the Met says, with missiles thrown at officers and a police vehicle smashed.

Two people were arrested for violent disorder, while seven further arrests relate to charges including drug offences and money laundering.

A cordon was set-up around the rave to stem a “dangerously large number” of people attempting to enter the site, as well as an increased police presence in surrounding areas to limit further disturbances.

The party wasn’t halted completely – instead, police said it entered the building at 8.30am this morning.

"Although the decision was taken to allow the event to continue while preventing further large numbers of people from gaining entry, police in Croydon will not tolerate violent disorder in any form,” inspector Dave Sutton of Croydon police said.

Four people were taken to hospital with illness, head injuries and an injured hand.

Inspector Sutton added: "Anyone involved in the supply of illegal drugs, or who put themselves, police officers and members of the public in danger through acts of violence or criminal damage, should be aware that an extensive investigation has begun to identify, arrest and bring before the courts those who committed offences."

A number of pictures on social media show the size of the guestlist, with dozens of partygoers standing around on the street or running from police, while one Twitter user described it as “a night to remember.”

Another user posted a picture of the crowds with the caption: "Dear parents of London, your precious daughter is not at a 'sleepover'."

The MP for Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, told the BBC he is “all for people having a good time but it has to be in a safe environment.”

“It is clearly unacceptable to have a situation where people are allowed to occupy a building, disrupt the whole public transport system and keep a lot of the people that live in the area up all night.”

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
New Articles
i100... with this review
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam