Dozens of extra police officers have flooded the streets of Lewisham after the premeditated murder of a 15-year-old boy in Bellingham.

Jay Hughes was stabbed to death outside a Morley's chicken shop in Randlesdown Road on Thursday (November 1) evening.

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Section 60 police powers were granted today (November 6) between 2pm and 5pm allowing officers to search people in areas they believe "serious violence will take place".

These areas included Perry Vale, Forest Hill, Bellingham, Downham, Catford and Whitefoot.

Officers from the violent crime task force, a specialist team set up in April, have also been in Lewisham assisting police.

Superintendent Darius Hemmatpour told News Shopper in August he was concerned about a rise in knife crime in Lewisham.

Nobody has been arrested for the murder of Jay and just three days after his death 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez was fatally stabbed in Anerley.

Two men, aged 19 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday and have been released under investigation.

Barry Sandford, 51, chairman of St Andrew's Boxing Club, urged youngsters to join his Catford gym to discourage them away from crime.

He told News Shopper "If they don’t have money, don’t worry they are more than welcome. Just please come along.

"I can’t promise to stop crime but believe me, we have got kids off the streets and they have turned it all around.

"My message is to ditch the knife and to come and train."

Anyone with information that may assist the Bellingham murder investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5890 / 1 Nov.