Coaches from a scheme that trained a Tooting teenager who was stabbed to death earlier this year have warned violence in London could rise if funding for youth services dries up.

Cheyon Evans, 18, was killed on June 14 after being attacked in Deeside Road.

He was a member of the Met-Track organisation, which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in London.

Launched in 2005, Met-Track's CEO John Powell - a retired Metropolitan Police superintendent - combined policing with his experience of athletics coaching in an effort to tackle youth crime across London.

The scheme was initially funded by the Metropolitan Police, who still act as a partner, but budget cuts to the force saw their financial sponsorship pulled, according to the organisation.

Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Met-Track's current sponsor, comes to an end in August 2020, leaving them concerned about the ability to continue to support their work in schools.

Operations manager for Met-Track Matt Threadgold said the cost of operating the scheme - which includes sessions on conflict resolution and stop and search - in one school over a whole academic year is £2,500.

"We want to extend the project and the current affairs of what's happening to people in London, it seems there's such a need for what we deliver," he said.

"We're trying to get the community more involved. We do need the funding to keep going but if the community can give back in support, in our opinion that's the best way of going about it."

But Mr Threadgold warned: "You see what it's like now, even with these youth projects going on.

"If they dry up and then they go, you fear for what might be. It's only getting worse at the moment."