Knife Angel Set to Travel East
Derby Cathedral to be the First East Midlands Location to Host National Monument
The Knife Angel has now been travelling across UK for just over six months, with many other cities on the list to host it next, including the now confirmed city of Derby. In October of this year, the Angel will be proudly stood next to Derby Cathedral on Irongate which has been made possible through the passion of Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, University Hospitals of Derby and the Burton NHS Foundation Trust. Derby will be the first East Midlands location to host the sculpture and we are incredibly excited to see it there later in the year.
Recognised as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, the Angel was created from 100,000 seized knives through an incredible collaboration between all 43 British police forces, the Home Office, anti-violence groups, hundreds of families affected by knife crime, and ourselves. The Angel is not only a symbol of our country’s intolerance to aggression and violent behaviour, it is also an incredible testament to all those lives lost at the hands of a blade, with many blades inscribed with names and messages to lost loved ones.
Rachel Webb’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby by a 16-year-old boy in January 2016. Later that year Rachel supported an amnesty held across Derbyshire and knives from this amnesty were donated towards the creation of the sculpture.
Pictured (Left to Right): Lorraine Brewin, Police Officer & Knife Crime Lead; Clive Knowles, Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre; Rachel Morris, Chair of Knife Angel Steering Group & Cathedral CEO; Paul Cannon, Police Communications Officer; Jack Atwall, Knife Angel Project Manager
On the Knife Angel being hosted in Derby, Rachel has said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets. It’s my hope that the Angel will encourage open conversations in homes, differing community groups and schools, helping our young people to understand the horrific consequences of carrying and using a knife. I feel that the Knife Angel stands tall in honour of all our dearly loved and missed, it is also a beacon of hope lighting the way forward for much needed urgent change.”
Throughout its conception, it was always intended for the Knife Angel to help highlight the national blight of violence and aggression within our country but, since its tour began, it has become increasingly important for the Angel to not only have its voice heard, but to also be involved in the important education of our youth. It is now crucial that every hosting city uses the Angel to commit to 28 days on intensive educational programmes and workshops for their youth, and Derby is certainly no exception.
Mr Jack Atwal, Project Manager for the group working on the Angel’s visit, has said: “For the 28 days that the sculpture is in the city we hope it will be used as a catalyst for a range of activities, particularly aimed at young people, to divert them away from knife crime and violence. We are encouraging any local groups working to reduce knife and violent crime who would like to be involved to make contact with us. We are also keen for as many people as possible to come and view the sculpture, particularly to learn about its aims and to show solidarity against violence and aggression.”
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