The Knife Angel is a National Monument Against Violence and Aggression and is in Hereford in front of the Cathedral until 12 July 2021.
The Knife Angel is a stunning, 27ft tall sculpture of an angel made out of 100,000 knives, confiscated by the UK’s 43 Police Forces. With the names of victims of knife crime inscribed by their loved ones, the Knife Angel is both a memorial and a symbol of hope for the future. As a National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, the Knife Angel exists to spearhead change and raise awareness about the impact of violent crime on communities, families and individuals.
Originating from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and created by sculptor Alfie Bradley, it has been on a tour of towns and cities around Britain raising awareness of the issues of knife crime and all forms of violence and aggression.
During the Knife Angel’s visit, a series of workshops and interactive events are running. It is envisaged that this initiative will continue after the Knife Angel leaves Hereford. As per other towns and cities which have hosted the Knife Angel we have a general weapons amnesty in operation, approved by West Mercia Police. There is a “weapon surrender” secure bin which travels with the Angel.
The statue has now become well-known for its anti-violence symbolism, which aims to educate children, young people and adults about the harmful effects that violent behaviour has on communities.
We are fortunate that West Mercia is one of the safest policing areas in England and Wales and an area where most people feel safe. But sadly, knife crime is a growing trend across the UK, and West Mercia is not immune to that trend.
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