A LETHAL triple-bladed throwing knife has been taken off the streets of South Cheshire as part of a national knife amnesty.
The weapon was given to police at Sandbach after a resident confiscated it from a local 17-year-old.
The blade, which is a martial arts knife, has three two-inch blades which expand as the knife is thrown through the air.
It was handed in just before the end of a national amnesty launched by the Home Office in May and June, which finished on Friday.
A number of high-profile knife attacks have hit the national headlines in recent months and officers are hoping that taking weapons like this off the streets will help to reduce the number of knife crimes in the area.
Police say the martial arts knife is one of the most dangerous blades they have seen throughout the campaign.
PC Carl Hurst, of the Sandbach Community Action Team, said: 'It's not the kind of thing we want to see on our streets.
'Under the amnesty people get anonymity when they hand in knifes but we thought this needed to be highlighted.'
The month-long initiative ended on Friday and in Cheshire nearly 2,000 dangerous weapons were taken off the streets.
For the rest of the year there will be an enforcement period across the county, the aim of which is to confiscate weapons and arrest offenders breaking the law.
Assistant Chief Constable David Baines, who is leading the campaign, said: 'The increase in reported knife incidents was expected, and we have caused that increase.
'We have been searching more people and prosecuting more people for knife-related incidents.
'The knife amnesty might have finished but this isn't the end of it for us. We have now got an enforcement period which will involve the stop and search of high risk groups.
There will be a campaign through Crimestoppers encouraging people to give us information about people they know to be carrying knives.'