Police have been given extra powers in Lewisham after a number of "violent incidents" have taken place over the past few days.

A section 60 order has been authorised in the SE4 area until 5am on Wednesday.

This means police can stop and search anyone in the area during this time.

The order was authorised by Superintendent Haynes after a "number of violent related incidents" over the past few days.

An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital after a stabbing in Brockley on Monday night.

The man was found injured near St Norbert Park at around 9.25pm.

A man armed with a machete also has repeatedly stabbed the window of a nail salon in Lewisham.

Two men on a moped and armed with a machete were seen at TT Nails Boutique in New Cross Road at around 5.45pm on Saturday.

The passenger was reportedly seen to approach the front of the store, brandish a large machete from a sheath and repeatedly stab the window.

Lewisham Police tweeted: "#Section60

"Authorised by Superintendent Haynes

Between 1400-0500

"CAD 3342/14JUN refers

"Due to a number of violent related incidents in the areas below over the past few days.

"What is a section 60??

"Section 60 is a power that allows police officers to stop and search.

"Where a Section 60 is in place, it means we can search anyone in a certain area, for example, when there is evidence that serious violence has taken place or may take place."

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