Three people were hospitalized this morning after a gang stabbed to death on the streets of London. People across the UK refused to abide by the New Years home rules.
The knife attack was the worst of a series of riots that also saw anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in London and pack illegal ravers into a pub in Essex.
The condition of two men stabbed to death in London – and a woman with head injuries nearby – was not known this morning.
Trouble arose minutes after midnight when rival gangs clashed on Edgware Road near Marble Arch in the capital's West End when an illegal rave took place.
Two people were hospitalized with stab wounds after two gangs reportedly clashed on New Years Day just after midnight on Edgware Road in central London
Police said they were called to the scene by the London Fire Brigade after reports of a sting
It is believed that an illegal rave took place in a building on Edgware Road and that up to 60 or 70 suspected gang members were found on the street
In the aftermath of the riots, a photographer who worked for MailOnline was knocked unconscious while taking pictures near police officers from the homes of the rich and famous, including Tony Blair and Claudia Winkleman.
He told MailOnline: “We got there and there were a lot of armed police officers. Large armed police cars sped past us – we counted 11. There must be at least 100 police officers, many of them heavily armed. & # 39;
While he was working, he said a man came up to him and hit him.
"When I fell on the floor, six or seven officers rushed up to me and then apparently six or seven more caught the man who did it," he said. "He was arrested at the scene."
Two men were taken to hospital by ambulance services to treat their stab wounds
A woman was also found on the spot by emergency services who suffered a head injury
The veteran photojournalist said he counted around 60 or 70 suspected gang members present on the street after the first knife wounds.
Police said they had been called to reports of a stab in Edgware Road by colleagues in the London Fire Department.
A spokesman said: “Officials visited the scene with the London Ambulance Service and (the Air Ambulance). Two men were identified with stab wounds. Both men were taken to the hospital.
"A woman was also on the scene with a head injury. She was hospitalized." He added, "A woman was arrested for GBH and taken to a police station."
A police spokesman confirmed that a woman had been arrested by officers for grievous bodily harm
Police were called on Edgware Road at around 12:32 a.m. this morning after reports of a sting
The knife wounds came when violators defied instructions to stay home on New Year's Eve and took to the streets.
Piers Corbyn, the anti-lockdown activist brother of former Labor leader Jeremy, railed against restrictions on marching along London's south bank.
Pictures show the 73-year-old being held back by supporters as he competes against officials during the protest.
Dozens of people gathered outside County Hall where Mr Corbyn broached the demonstration over a megaphone.
Meanwhile, others were pushing party plans and breaking rules by toasting with a large group of friends in 2021.
A MailOnline photographer, who was knocked down by a man while photographing the incident, claims hundreds of officers looked into the incident, "many of them heavily armed".
Social media footage, allegedly from Chingford in east London, shows at least 30 revelers housed in a venue decorated with balloons and loud music.
At the alcoholic event, the guests huddled on a dance floor with champagne flutes.
People scolded the alleged disregard. "Shameful," said one. "Prime example of the spread of Covid," said another.
Police also had their hands full overnight after hundreds defied government advice to stay home on New Year's Eve and participated in an anti-lockdown protest
Police officers arrest a man during the anti-lockdown protest on the South Bank in London during the night
Piers Corbyn (center), the anti-lockdown activist of former Labor leader Jeremy, railed against the restrictions on a march along the south bank of London
Pictures show the 73-year-old being held back by supporters as he competes against officials during the protest
Dozens of people gathered outside County Hall where Mr Corbyn broached the demonstration over a megaphone
Most public places, which are usually packed with crowds, are eerily deserted – and common hotspots like Trafalgar Square have even been boarded up to keep people from congregating.
But in Leeds some brave the cold weather and have been pictured in the streets with bottles of wine and crates of beer.
Piers Corbyn, the brother of former Labor leader Jeremy, speaks to a crowd overnight at an anti-lockdown protest in the capital
During the night, police on horseback patrolled the streets of London to make sure people were following the Tier 4 rules
Before last night, police chiefs warned they were ready to take action against violations of the rules.
Scotland Yard tweeted: & # 39; We are at a critical point in this pandemic. We would like to urge everyone to celebrate the New Year from the comfort of their own home. When people insist on collecting and violating regulations, officials shut them down and enforcement action is taken. & # 39;
The maximum fine for lifting coronavirus restrictions is £ 10,000 for the most outrageous violations.
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