At least three people have been killed and more than 35 people injured after violence erupted at a far right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
One of those killed, a 32-year-old woman, died after a car ploughed into counter protesters as she was crossing the street.
The death toll is understood to include two Virginia State Police officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near Charlottesville.
The Telegraph saw injured people lying in the road moments after the silver sedan sped into the crowd, and witnesses said the driver did so intentionally “trying to kill people”.
Police later said they had arrested the driver of the car that ploughed into the crowd.
It came as the quiet university town erupted in violence with armed neo-Nazis and white supremacists fighting police and counter-protestors.
Riot police used tear gas and armoured vehicles during what was described by civil rights groups as America’s “largest hate gathering in decades”.
The city’s mayor Mike Signer said: “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will – go home.
“I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.”
A state of emergency was declared and hundreds of far-right protesters left the city’s Emancipation Park as police used megaphones to declare their gathering an “unlawful assembly”.
Right wing blogger Jason Kessler, who organised the event, and Richard Spencer, a prominent “alt-right” activist who was due to speak, were evacuated with security and encouraged followers to leave peacefully.
The extremists had descended on the quiet southern city of 47,000 people for a “Unite the Right” rally but the situation quickly turned violent when they were confronted by activists from the anti-fascist movement known as Antifa.
President Donald Trump denounced the violence, saying on Twitter: “We ALL must be…