POLICE delivered a crushing blow following the end of the national knife amnesty.
Officers took more than 2,000 knives, weapons and blades to be destroyed and watched as the blades were put into a crushing machine and turned in to metal blocks.
ACC David Baines said: 'Seeing 2,000 potentially life-threatening weapons taken off our streets and rendered harmless is a fitting end to the national knife amnesty.
'I truly believe that any one of the weapons handed in could have, in the future, been responsible for taking someone's life.
'The end of the amnesty marks the beginning of our crack down the knife carrying culture some people have adopted in Cheshire.'
* Violent crime rose by nearly a fifth according to police figures.
The annual statistics released by the Home Office show that violent crime rose by 18.9% in Cheshire.
However, Cheshire police say they are catching more criminals with a Crackdown on Crime initiative launched in September to tackle the problem had cut crime by 10.5%. By this March crime in Cheshire was at its lowest level since February 2005.
Assistant Chief Constable David Baines said: 'It is in the lower level crimes like harassment and common assault that the police are seeing the highest rises. Serious violent offences are not committed every day and Cheshire remains a safe place to live and work.'