Monday, 17 November 2008
Three men stabbed at music awards in the O2 Arena
This is not good. Before we know it there will be less and less venues left for us to have awards like this. A friend of mine who was there yesterday said it was madness. Also there were no searches for people going into the venue. Here's what the Telegraph had to say
One was seriously hurt and two received minor injuries at the 6th Annual Urban Music Awards at The O2 Arena in London.
One man was arrested following the incident, which happened on Saturday night.
Inside the auditorium, police cordoned off an area covering around six tables.
Officers initially cleared the room, but the audience were allowed back inside, although it appeared the ceremony has been abandoned.
Andre Nevling, 24, said a woman sitting at the same table as him was "covered" in blood.
"Obviously the guy who got stabbed must have run straight past her and she's pretty shaken up.
"I came out of the auditorium and looked at her and she was just standing there. I saw blood all over the floor and then I was like, "Jesus you're covered in it," he said.
Another eyewitness, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "I didn't see what happened but there were champagne bottles flying and I hid under the table."
Paramedics were seen running into the auditorium and then into a side corridor.
The awards were held in the indigO2, a 2350 capacity venue inside The O2 Arena.
A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said crews were called to reports of an "assault" at the arena.
Initial reports described one of the injured as a 20-year-old man, he said, but he could not comment on how seriously people were hurt.
"We got called at 10.10pm to reports of an assault at the O2 Arena," he said.
"Currently staff are on the scene treating two patients."
Four ambulances, a fast response car and a medical team in a car attended the scene.
The ceremony marked the sixth year of the Urban Music Awards, which more than 5,000 people were expected to attend.
Estelle, Adele, Leona Lewis, Dizzee Rascal and Duffy were among the performers nominated for awards, but it is not yet known which celebrities were attending.
Singer Estelle, 28, was nominated for five awards while the soul singer-turned What Not To Wear presenter Mica Paris was to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Last year saw the launch of the Urban Music Awards USA in New York and in April the Caribbean Urban Music Awards were launched in Jamaica.