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North West Knife Amnesty

Our national anti-knife campaign spearheaded is close to securing its second city destination.

“Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife”, a project engineered by the British Ironwork Centre, is set to visit Manchester after its inaugural campaign visit to Birmingham aiming to persuade young people carrying knives to relinquish their weapons.

The campaign team, headed by the Centre’s Chairman, Clive Knowles, travelled to the North West on Friday afternoon with the families of young men from Oswestry and Birmingham who lost their lives to knife crime last year. 

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West Mercia Police

Our knife crime project has gained further high profile police support and input.

Detective Chief Inspector Ed Foster of West Midlands Police visited the British Ironwork Centre to provide the Campaign team with advice and direction ahead of their first planned visit to Birmingham where they will meet with young gang members to persuade them to relinquish their weapons.

DCI Foster was delighted to learn of the campaign’s aims and objectives and gave it his complete support, feeling that it was a fantastic, community-led initiative which was both creative and inspiring.

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Oswestry Knife Campaign

The British Ironwork Centre is collaborating with leading local music festival, Osfest to promote our “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” project which aims to reduce the number of knives carried on the UK’s streets.

The Centre’s Campaign team will be attending the festival, which takes place at Park Hall Showground rom 9th August – 11th August and features some of the UK’s leading music acts, to raise awareness of the wide and tragic impact of knife crime.

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knife campaign birmingham launch

Our national knife campaign will shortly host the official launch of its first knife bank.

The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry,  created the "Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife" initiative which will see the Centre's team embark upon a tour of UK cities to persuade young people to relinquish their weapons. Surrendered knives will be incorporated into a spectacular, 15-24 feet high angel sculpture which will serve as a tribute to those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

 

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Birmingham Rep Theatre

The British Ironwork Centre’s National Knife campaign has gained yet another prestigious supporter in the form of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The Centre was this week visited by the Theatre’s Development Officer, Rachel Cranny, with a view to supporting the Theatre. During the visit, Rachel was fascinated to learn of the “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” campaign and agreed without hesitation for the theatre to join and support the anti-knife initiative.

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Wrexham FC

The campaign has rapidly gathered pace and prestigious support having gained the national backing of the Association of Chief Police Officers and Terry Waite.

The Centre’s team visited Lee Jones, Business Development Manager of Wrexham FC’s Racecourse Community Foundation, and Ann Marie Brown, Trustee, along with Lisa Maddocks and her mother, Edna, who sadly lost their brother and son, Craig Maddocks, to knife crime in Llay, Wrexham, last year.  They were delighted when the football club were quick to offer their wholehearted support to the project.

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Government Support

Clive Knowles, the Centre’s Chairman, and several of the mothers who have tragically lost their sons to knife crime and are bravely supporting the campaign, this week travelled to London to meet with officials from the Home Office’s Tackling Crime Unit on behalf of Norman Baker, M.P. and Minister of State for Crime Prevention.

The delegation were delighted with the considerable support and interest received from the Home Office, who will be circulating details of the campaign to communities throughout the UK to gauge their need for knife banks and to encourage their involvement in this unique initiative.

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Save a life campaign

The British Ironwork Centre’s “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” campaign revealed the bespoke knife bank, personalised for its Birmingham location, at the Hub Sports Centre in Perry Barr.

The launch event saw Birmingham’s Deputy Mayor, rap star Roach Killa, representatives of Birmingham’s community and cultural groups meet with anti-knife crime projects and families who have lost loved ones to knife crime from around the UK, with some travelling from as far afield as Manchester and Sheffield to demonstrate their support for the event.

 

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Shropshire Anti-Knife Campaign

A local singer-songwriter has been inspired by our national campaign to rid the UK streets of dangerous weapons.

Upon learning of the British Ironwork Centre’s powerful “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” project, Harry Davies felt compelled to compose a piece of music.

Bosses at the Centre were so impressed by Harry’s work that they have adopted it as their official song. The track has now been played to all the mothers involved so far in the campaign & has overwhelmingly been given their full approval.

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Challenge Raises Funds For Anti Crime Campaign

Daring representatives of a Save a Life campaign took on a spectacular challenge to raise funds for the cause.

One of the families who have so bravely joined the campaign, the Maddocks, who lost son and brother Craig in Llay, Wrexham, organised a sponsored zip wire event to commemorate his birthday in picturesque Snowdonia with representatives of the company quick to step up to the challenge and offer support to the family.

 

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