Police gain more stop and search powers in Woolwich after violent attacks

Met Police have tonight instituted a Section 60 which allows greater stop and search powers across the Woolwich Riverside ward.

It is in effect until 6am tomorrow morning.

Increased powers come after a number of violent incidents in recent days:

  • A man was stabbed at Kingsman Street two nights ago
  • A woman was slashed twice with a blade on Powis Street yesterday lunchtime
  • A woman was shot last night on Mulgrave Road
  • A woman died after an arson attack near Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the early hours. It is suspected a moped was used as a getaway vehicle.

The murder means there have been six in Greenwich Borough this year – the third highest out of 32 London boroughs.

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