11th Dec, 2016

Symbolic statue to remember knife crime victims

Stratford Editorial 21st Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

KNIVES collected in Warwickshire as part of a national amnesty to get blades off the streets will be used to create a symbolic sculpture in memory of victims.

The national ‘save a life, surrender your knife’ campaign, which recently ended, meant anyone with a knife could surrender it anonymously at secure knife bins in police stations around the county.

All blades collected will be used to help create a 20-foot high ‘guardian angel’ sculpture in memory of those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

Supt Daryn Elton said: “Warwickshire does not have a big knife crime problem but each incident is one too many. We’re proud to play our part in supporting this national campaign and helping to make the country’s streets safer for everyone.

“Every knife taken off the streets is one less opportunity for another life to be needlessly ruined. Knife crime doesn’t just impact upon the lives of victims but also their families and the wider community; fear of crime increases and if people see others carrying knives they think they need to do the same and the number of people carrying knives increases further.”

The campaign is being run in partnership with the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire, where the Knife Angel sculpture is being constructed from over 100,000 knives by artist Alfie Bradley. It is hoped the Angel will be erected in Trafalgar Square when completed.

Visit www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk for more information on the project.