Powers to stop and search anyone in Lambeth have been put in place after a dramatic few days of violence across the borough – including shots fired at police.

Lambeth Police confirmed this afternoon that a Section 60 order was in place across the entire borough from 3pm today to 5pm tomorrow.

Former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry Campbell took to twitter to say that as a resident he supported the move.

The Met said shots were fired at officers in Kennington Green last night, at 22.04pm when officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command carried out an ‘armed stop of a moped in Montford Place’.

A spokesperson said: “Shots were fired at police and officers returned fire.

“Nobody suffered gunshot injuries.

“A firearm was recovered from the scene by police.

“Two men were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and have been taken into custody at a south London police station.

“A police cordon has been set up at the scene.

“Enquiries continue.”

The incident happened amid a spate of violence across south London, with five murdered in just six days.

In Lambeth, seventeen-year-old Malcolm Mide-Madariola was knifed to death outside Clapham South tube station on Friday.

On Monday night, police were called to Greenleaf Close in Tulse Hill after a sixteen-year-old was found unconscious on the street after being stabbed. He tragically died at the scene at 11.41pm.