Knife Angel to bring message of hope to Worcester
A 27ft-tall 'Knife Angel', created using over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by 43 UK police forces, is set to visit Worcester in Spring 2022.
The Knife Angel is designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, with the aim of bringing the issue of knife crime to the front of society's consciousness.
Councillors will discuss the significance of the Angel's visit and the potential allocation of £7,500 to help spread its message, when the City Council's Communities Committee meets on 3 November 2021.
"People often think of knife crime and violence as something that happens in other cities. However, the most commonly reported types of crimes involve threats of violence without injury," says Cllr Marc Bayliss, Leader of Worcester City Council.
"We hope that the Knife Angel's visit can be a catalyst for change. We will actively encourage visits from schools, colleges and community groups. Guest speakers who have experienced violence first-hand will talk to young people about the impact it has had – as well as the long-term consequences for perpetrators."
The Angel is set to visit Worcester from 1 March to 31 March 2022, with the Cathedral grounds cited in the committee report as the potential location. A series of workshops at the Cathedral, school visits, classroom activities and interactive events at the statue are set to take place.
During the month a general weapons amnesty is being proposed, in the form of a 'surrender' secure bin which travels with the Angel.
Worcester City Council will work with Worcester Cathedral, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia Police, the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership and other partners to make the most of the Angel's presence in the city and to ensure that its message has maximum impact.
The Knife Angel has already visited a number of prominent UK cities and landmarks including Chester, Coventry, Liverpool, Birmingham, Hereford and Telford & Wrekin. It has been recognised by the Home Office as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression.
The Communities Committee meets at the Guildhall at 7pm on Wednesday 3 November. The meeting can be watched live on the Worcester City Council YouTube channel.