Officers in Crewe and Nantwich are stepping up patrols following a number of concerning incidents in the towns.
Over the past week, there have been multiple reports of a group of young men dressed all in black making threats.
Following these reports, officers in Nantwich were given more powers to stop and search anyone they suspect of carrying a weapon.
The powers were granted temporarily under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994) and were in place from midday on Sunday 17 September until 7am on Monday 18 September.
The order applied to much of Nantwich town centre and the surrounding area. As a result of the order, one arrest was made.
Chief Inspector Andy Baker said:
“We understand the concern these incidents are likely to cause, and we would like to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to locate the people responsible.
“We are committed to using all the powers we have available to us as part of our enquiries. This includes the recent implementation of a Section 60 order in Nantwich to stop and search any person or vehicle we believed may be carrying weapons or causing serious violence.
“There will also be an increased police presence across Crewe and Nantwich and anyone with concerns is urged to speak to an officer.
“If you have any information about these incidents please contact us by calling 101, or visit our website.
“Residents in the Nantwich area are also urged to check any home CCTV or Ring doorbell footage for anything suspicious.
“You can also provide information anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111. If a crime is taking place, dial 999 immediately.”