FOUR people were stabbed to death in separate incidents across the UK on the eve of the coronation.
Three of the killings occurred in east London within eight hours, as the knife crime epidemic in the capital showed no signs of abating.
Two teenagers, including a 16-year-old boy who was mugged outside his school, were among the victims, along with a young man who was stabbed to death outside a McDonald’s in Bath.
The first murder happened when the 16-year-old left Kelmscott School in Walthamstow on Friday.
He is said to have been pursued by three older boys who were lying in wait.
Leader Sam Jones called it the “darkest days” and urged parents to “hold tight to the ones you love”.
Four miles away in Hackney, a man in his late 20s was killed just after 11pm.
Two men and a woman in their 40s or 50s were arrested.
Within an hour, an 18-year-old died when two machete-wielding groups fought at Dagenham Heathway tube station.
Chadwell Heath Councilor Michel Pongo named the victim his nephew Jordan.
In a message to gang members, he tweeted, “Drop your knife before it’s too late.”
Three were arrested in Bath on Saturday in the murder of Ben Moncrieff.