Three people were taken to hospital after a gang stabbing on the streets of London this morning – as people across Britain refused to stick to the 'stay at home' New Year rules.
The knife attack was the worst of several incidents of disorder, which also saw anti-lockdown protesters clash with police along London's Southbank and illegal ravers pack into a pub in Chingford - on the edge of East London and Essex.
Elsewhere police were forced to disperse crowds that had gathered in Kensington, West London, as well as in Nottingham, as the country counted down to the start of 2021.
The condition of two men stabbed in London – and a woman found nearby with head injuries – was not known this morning.
Trouble flared minutes after midnight as rival gangs squared up to each other on Edgware Road, near Marble Arch in the capital's West End, as an illegal rave spilled onto the streets.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Two people were taken to hospital with stab wounds after two gangs allegedly clashed on Edgware Road, central London, just after midnight on New Year's Day
Metropolitan Police said they were called to the scene in West London by the London Fire Brigade after reports of a stabbing
Dozens of people are said to have lined the streets in Edgware Road early on Friday morning amid reports of an illegal rave
Despite strict orders to stay at home, crowds gathered along London's Southbank to watch this year's fireworks display. While others attended a nearby protest against lockdown rules
In the aftermath of the disturbances, a photographer working for MailOnline was knocked unconscious while taking pictures near police officers yards from the homes of the rich and famous including Tony Blair and Claudia Winkleman.
As he recovered, he told MailOnline: 'We got there and there were lots of armed police. Big armed police cars were zooming past us – we counted 11. There must be 100-and-something police there at least, a lot of them heavily armed.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He said as he worked, a man approached him and punched him.
'As I hit the floor, six or seven officers rushed to me and then apparently six or seven more caught the guy who did it,' he said. 'He was arrested on the scene.'
The banks of the River Thames would usually be packed for the New Year's Eve fireworks display, instead police were forced disperse revellers last night amid Covid-19 restrictions
Police officers were seen confiscating champagne and glasses from some revellers who had gathered in the capital yesterday
Revellers were out in London throughout last night, with officers, including some on horseback, ready to deal with anyone flouting lockdown rules
Despite police attempts to disperse crowds, revellers were seen laughing and joking as they ushered in the New Year
Three people were injured in Edgware Road as police, joined by paramedics and firefighters, responded to a night of violence
Crowds gathered around the London Eye - despite rising Covid-19 infections and warnings that the country could face a national lockdown this month
In Nottingham, small crowds gathered in Market Square as clocks struck midnight. The city is currently under Tier 4 measures
While signs warned Nottingham visitors to enjoy a 'safe' Christmas, crowds gathered to mark the end of 2021. Those living under Tier 4 restrictions are expected to stay at home except for essential journeys
There were revellers out in Kensington, West London, last night, as two people were spotted stopping for a selfie on their way out for New Year's Eve
Metropolitan Police descended on a property in Kensington last night after an alleged illegal party was said to have taken place
London was placed under Tier 4 measures on December 20, but revellers were seen out and about across the capital last night, including in Kensington
Four police vans were called out to a home in Kensington overnight on a busy night for officers across the capital, which saw protests and illegal raves take place
There was violence in Edgware Road, London overnight, with blood stains still visible on the street in the early hours of this morning
It is alleged that an illegal rave was taking place in a building on Edgware Road and that as many as 70 alleged gang members had spilled out onto the street
A woman was also found at the scene by emergency services suffering from a head injury, while a second woman was arrested on suspicion of GBH