(Reuters) – British police said they were investigating at least five separate serious violent incidents in South London late on Friday, including a fatal stabbing, but at this time there was no indication that they were all linked. Police said nine other people were injured and that officers patrolling had been given additional powers to stop and search in the Croydon area as of Saturday morning. Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith said in a statement that there had been “a series of unnecessary and completely abhorrent violent altercations, including one that tragically resulted in the loss of life.” Additional resources from the Task Force Against Violent Crime and the Territorial Support Group were deployed to deter and prevent further violence, it said in the statement.
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