A SPECIAL collection is being mounted to prevent dangerous weapons getting into the wrong hands.

Knutsford Police are urging people to hand in any old knives and blades at a surrender bin at High Legh Garden Centre.

The beat team will be on hand at the centre on Halliwell’s Brow between 11am and 1pm on Tuesday, March 5.

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Posting on social media, Knutsford Police said: “We will have the knife bin where people can come and dispose of their knives and blades with no questions asked.

“This is to reduce the amount of potential weapons being disposed of in your domestic waste bins where they could be retrieved and used in crime.

“We will also be providing information to the public around County Lines and officers will be happy to discuss concerns in the local area.”

Cheshire Police are appealing to people to be on the lookout for signs that children are being controlled.

Organised crime gangs are exploiting, manipulating and coercing children to move and deal drugs and money.

This is known as ‘County Lines’.

Signs include children having more money and new, expensive clothes or accessories.

Youngsters at risk tend to have formed relationships with older people or groups.

They carry weapons and have multiple mobile phones, go missing from home and school.

A change in their emotional behaviour may also be evident.

Anyone who suspects children may be at risk can call Cheshire Police on 101 or report it anonymously, at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.