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The fight to reduce rising levels of knife crime

Police found this curved blade stashed next to a busy path. Credit: ITV News

Knife crime in the North West has risen more than 40% in just one year - one of the biggest increases in the country.

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Community groups blame a lack of youth provision, the rise of social media and fear among young people.

A knife sweep in Runcorn found a samurai sword, a selection of knives and a replica handgun

We joined Cheshire Police on a knife sweep - looking for potential weapons hidden in bushes. Credit: ITV News

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue was given exclusive access to police, community groups and campaigners as they fight to change attitudes and save lives: