THIS is the shocking moment a woman was savagely battered by a man during a brawl at Hyde Park's 420 event.

The fight erupted as crowds gathered for the annual cannabis smoking meet in London yesterday.

Footage shows a thug battering a woman as she lays on the ground.

She can be seen trying to push him off her as he continually punches her as the crowd just films the brawl.

One woman eventually intervenes and tries dragging the man off thewoman by his coat.

Meanwhile a separate fight can be seen breaking out in the background between two girls.

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As they grapple on the ground, the crowd continues filming until a bystander wades in.

Just hours later, police swarmed nearby Oxford Street to stop protesters armed with weapons including a machete.

The Met confirmed ten people were arrested following the violence for various offences including possession of a knife, affray, drug possession and possession of an offensive weapon.

A section 35 Dispersal Order was also put in place until 2am to dispel the crowds.

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Superintendent Dan Ivey said: "This was a proportionate response to a large crowd leaving the park, some involved in assaults, with a machete seen, one knife recovered, along with a knuckle duster.

"All is now calm. Ten arrests made."

Hundreds of weed smokers lit up yesterday to celebrate 420, which falls on April 20 each year.

In the US calendar the date is written as 4/20 – and the digits have become synonymous with cannabis culture.

The maximum punishment for cannabis possession is five years in prison and an unlimited fine.

If you are caught with cannabis you could be issued a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90.

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