Monday, 17 November 2008

Urban Music Awards Chaos!

One person was left critically injured while another was arrested, following a triple stabbing at this year’s Urban Music Awards in London.

According to reports, a huge brawl involving up to 30 people broke out at about 10 p.m. Saturday (November 15).

Eyewitnesses recall seeing “blood all over the floor” after the melee, which sent champagne bottles and chairs flying.

As a result, Urban Music Awards organizers were forced to abandon the event about 90 minutes into the show.

Three hundred people were kept inside the O2 Arena, as police sealed off the venue and allowed one person out at a time after they were questioned.

Three people were treated at the scene and transported to London hospitals. Reports state that none of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.

One man who was stabbed is in critical condition.

Although authorities are still investigating the cause of the brawl, a police spokesman revealed to the Daily Mail that “a 21-year old man is in custody.”

Prior to the brawl, a host of celebrities and guests were on hand for Urban Music Awards.

Nominees featured at the sixth annual event included Dizzee Rascal, Leona Lewis, Estelle, Adele and Duffy.

It is not yet known whether any of the nominees were at the awards ceremony at the time of the brawl.

News of incident triggered immediate reaction as an O2 spokesman told the Daily Mail that “nothing of this nature has ever taken place in the venue before and all the usual stringent security measures were in place.”

Despite the spokesman’s claim, event guests noted the absence of tight security.

The O2 spokesman also offered well wishes to those affected by the stabbings while explaining that the venue is working with the police to “understand how this happened.”

“Our thoughts are with the victims of the attack,” he said.