From West to East
Knife Angel to Travel from Liverpool to Hull
Following great success in Liverpool City, the end of January will see the Knife Angel officially embark on the next leg of its national journey to the Yorkshire city of Hull. The National Monument against Violence and Aggression has been standing proudly outside of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral for two months over the seasonal Christmas period where it has created a truly impressive stir with Liverpool’s many residents and visitors. With over a quarter million viewers able to see the Knife Angel and its incredibly strong message of anti-violence, we cannot wait to see what Hull brings for the sculpture next!
From left to right: Christian Sewell (PC 246) of Humberside Police; Kayleigh Pepper of The Rich Foundation, who lost her brother to a violent act of knife violence in Hull City; Clive Knowles, Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre; and Richard Whelan of the Humberside Police Community Support Team.
The Angel will be placed in the city’s famous Queen’s Gardens where it will be surrounded by beautiful gardens, large fountains, extraordinary architecture and even Hull’s BBC offices. Queen’s Gardens is one of Hull’s most significant areas of historical legacy and fame, making it a truly exciting place for the Angel to be over the next 28 days. The gardens will also see a specially appointed marquee set up next to the Angel where memorial photographs to honour lost loved ones and further educational resources will be available for the public and school visitors to view alike.
From left to right: Christian Sewell (PC 246) of Humberside Police; Clive Knowles, Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre; Tracy Pinkney Director of Principal Resourcing, Richard Whelan of the Humberside Police Community Support Team; Kayleigh Pepper of The Rich Foundation and Queens Gardens, where the Knife Angel will stand.
Following our support in getting the Knife Angel to Hull, we have been presented an award by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner to honour our efforts in creating awareness surrounding knife crime and the support given to the force throughout the years of its creation and completion. The award highlights the debates sparked between leading political bodies over the blight of knife-related violence in the UK, the support of the Humberside Police’s knife and amnesty banks, and the loan of the Angel to Hull for very important educational purposes. The award was presented to Clive Knowles, Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre, in the Council Civic Chamber of The City Hall by The Humberside Police Deputy PCC on behalf of Keith Hunter, the Police and Crime Commissioner of the Humberside Police.
The Humberside Police are on an important and highly influential mission to help educate and raise awareness surrounding knife crime and violence with its local and regional schools. The force are hopeful that the Knife Angel will fulfil its purpose by helping these school children to recognise the extraordinarily negative impact that this kind of violence has on its victims, families and surrounding communities and the importance of improving community safety. They have big plans to build multiple educational tuitions and programmes around the Knife Angel and its message, and we can’t wait to see the further impact it has on inspiring educational change and greater awareness.
Left to Right: Councillor Haraldo Herrera-Richmond of Hull City Council, Deputy PCC of Humberside Police, Clive Knowles, Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre, Christian Sewell (PC 246) of Humberside Police, and Councillor Darren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council
The city have informed us that the Knife Angel will be under tight surveillance during its time spent in Queen’s Gardens, with two guards and security cameras set to be on watch 24/7.
We are very excited to see what the Knife Angel will bring to Hull city and what Hull city will bring for the Angel in terms of bettering our community effort to reduce and end knife crime.