Ironworks to Receive a Recognition Award from the West Mercia Police

On Friday the 1st of March, the West Mercia Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Tracey Onslow, and Deputy Chief Constable, Amanda Blakeman, visited us to present Clive Knowles, Chairman and Founder of The British Ironwork Centre, with a special award to recognise all of our help and support over the years. The award not only celebrates the support given to West Mercia, but it also recognises the impact that our initiatives have had in increasing awareness surrounding knife related violence and developing safer communities across the UK.

Covering Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, West Mercia Police is one of the largest forces in the UK and is our first port of call when it comes to the safety of our Shropshire community. Over the last 5 years we have supported the force through various campaigns and amnesties, including the ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ campaign whereby knife bins were created and distributed, free of charge, across police constabularies all over the UK. Through this, we have allowed the force to collect a large number of blades, helping to make a positive movement towards alleviating our streets from knife related crimes. Furthermore, the creation of the Knife Angel sculpture, and its current movement across the UK, has initiated a great scope of debate surrounding better educating our youth and reducing knife crime across the country.

We have recently undertaken the responsibility to create a special monument and memorial to recognise our UK police dogs. The memorial will be created from apprehended knives and decommissioned guns as well as objects that relate to the lives of these incredible creatures, such as dog bowls and whistles. Once completed, the memorial is set to be positioned outside of the West Mercia Police HQ where it will honour and celebrate the lives of every police service dog in the UK, and beyond.

Pictured: Deputy PCC of Tracy Onslow, DCC Amanda Blakeman and Clive Knowles Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre

We are so thankful to both Tracey and Amanda, as well as the entirety of the West Mercia Force, for putting aside time to come over to the centre and present the award. We are delighted and incredibly grateful to be recognised as a value to our local police force and hope to continue to help them, and all other UK forces, wherever we can.

West Mercia were the first police force in the country to step forward and aid us in the creation of the Knife Angel, now recognised as the National Monument against Violence and Aggression, and we are incredibly grateful for all of their help so far. Winning this award is not only a truly humbling achievement, but it also highlights and demonstrates how important it is, as an enterprise, to support and back our police forces. We hope that, by winning this award, we will help to continue to ignite awareness and inspire other businesses and enterprises to step forward and offer a helping hand too.