ARMED police were sent to Weaverham last night on the hunt for a man carrying a large knife in the street. 

Police received reports at around 7.45pm on Monday of an 'altercation' involving three men in the area of the Northwich Road shops - one of the men was seen carrying a large knife. 

Armed police were deployed to the area and carried out a thorough search, but the man was not found. 

Insp Alex Cairns said: "We received a call with a description of a male who was said to be carrying a large knife in the street in Weaverham near to Tesco.

"As is procedure for any incidents where a large weapon is thought to be involved, we dispatched armed police officers.

"We haven't found the male, but during the search we arrested a male for drugs related offences, which was completely seperate to the call we received."

Police have confirmed that there were no reports of assaults. 

Cheshire Police have now released a description of the man and are asking for anyone with any information regarding the incident to get in touch. 

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A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "The man holding the knife was described as white, around 6ft tall, with dark hair, a dark coloured t-shirt and grey shorts.

"Enquiries in relation to the incident remain ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting IML 406504."