A section 60 stop and search order has been authorised across Greenwich tonight and extra police officers are on patrol after a recent wave of violence.

Greenwich's Met Police Service have anounced that a section 60 has been authorised across seven wards from 4pm today (July 21) until 7am tomorrow in an effort to prevent further crime and antisocial behaviour.

The move was likely caused by a horrific multi-stabbing in Abbey Wood last night, and possible intelligence of further violence later today.

At around 10pm on July 20, a group of around 10 men wearing masks and gloves stormed a pub in Abbey Wood.

Three men, aged 18, 19 and 24, were stabbed and taken to hospital.

Detective Sergeant Robert Harris desribed it as a "shocking incident that has understandably caused concern for local residents."

Confirming it was an isolated incident, he said a thorough investigation was underw aay and that police were keen to hear from anyone with information.

The Section 60 order gives police the right to search anyone in a defined area following an incident of serious violence, or when they believe serious violence will take place.

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The special powers are in place in Woolwich Riverside, Woolwich Common, Shooter's Hill, Glydon, Plumstead, Abbey Wood and Thamesmead Moorings Wards.

Greenwich MPS said additional police officers will also be on patrol.