Rave vandals fingerprints are sent for examination
By thisislocallondon – Friday 16 June 2000
Fingerprints found on paint and chemical canisters have been sent for examination but DC Ron Harvey, who is dealing with the case, said “pressure of work” means it will be several weeks before results are known.
Three thousand people attended the rave on April 29 at the old GPO in Ashdowne Road, which resulted in the destruction of works of art by Kingston University students and widespread damage to the premises.
Liberal Democrat councillors have hit out at Conservative leader Councillor David Edwards who criticised police handling of the situation.
Councillor Roger Hayes said: “With just 17 officers on duty the police acted the only way they could in avoiding major trouble in the town centre. The Conservatives should learn the facts before making such comments and should blame the under-resourcing of the police started by their Government and perpetuated by Labour.
“The town centre has recently lost its beat officer who may have picked up on local intelligence that could have averted this criminal activity. The fact is that with a severely under-resourced police force these kind of criminal acts will continue to happen.
“We must support the local police in handling situations in the best way they can until staff levels are increased to prevent crime properly.”