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Knife Angel - All you need to know.

October 4th 2022, 4:35 pm by Arran Hodges

The Knife Angel has landed in Wrexham City Centre.

If you've been in the city centre today you may have noticed that there is a new feature on Queen's Square. It was completed back in 2018 and is also known as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression. 

It highlights the issue of knife crime in society, and the consequences caused in our society by violence and crime.

The 8.2m (27ft) tall monument weighs 3.5 tons and is made from over 100,000 seized knives and weapons collected from all 43 police constabularies across the country.

Knife Angel artist Alfie Bradley of the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, designed the touring artwork to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour and to solidify critical need for social change.

There will be an opening ceremony on Friday 7th October and will remain in situ for the remainder of October.

Wrexham Council, North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin have arranged for the knife angel’s Wrexham visit to coincide with a month-long awareness campaign. There are countless other important organisations involved in making sure that the visit is a success, and that we make the most of the awareness that the monument brings.

Leader of Wrexham County Borough Council, Cllr Mark Pritchard said:

“I would like to extend my thanks to Clive Knowles, chairman of the British Ironworks in Oswestry for allowing us to host the impressive artwork and also thank his patience over delays in the Knife Angel arriving in Wrexham over the covid period. I would also like to thank Cllr Terry Evans who in his previous role as lead member for Economy-Economic Development and Regeneration ensured that this visit took place. Finally I would like to thank the hard work of our many officers who have been working tirelessly to ensure a successful and worthwhile visit of the Knife Angel monument to Wrexham.

Lead Member for Economy & Regeneration at Wrexham County Borough Council, Councillor Nigel Williams said:

“We hope that the arrival of the visually stunning knife angel will attract people to the city centre as they look to view and no doubt photograph the monument. “Events and activities throughout the month will give our multi agency partners the chance to share information and advice on crime reduction.

Lead Member for Partnerships and Community Safety at Wrexham County Borough Council, Councillor Paul Roberts said:

“During the month of October, the Knife Angel will be an impressive backdrop to the important multi agency work that we are doing behind the scenes year round to keep Wrexham safe.

Superintendent Nick Evans of North Wales Police said:

“We are pleased to welcome the Knife Angel to Wrexham as part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of knife crime.
“Knives are dangerous and there is no place for them on the streets of Wrexham. Carrying knives or other weapons do not keep you safe. By carrying a knife, you are putting yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself.
“By working with our partners, we will continue to educate, enforce, and act on any information given to us to bring those involved in this type of offending to justice.

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin commented:

“I am pleased to see The Knife Angel visit Wrexham.
“The monument is a stark and powerful reminder of the dangers and tragedies caused by knife crime.
“While offences of this kind remain thankfully low in Wrexham, it is important for us all to act to drive them down still further.
“As part of this mission, I am grateful for the outstanding support shown by North Wales Police and Wrexham County Borough in working together for an even safer city.”
Delivering safer neighbourhoods is a key priority within my Police and Crime Plan and initiatives like The Knife Angel are an example of how we can educate and share the messages that will ensure our communities remain safe and secure for all residents.
” I would encourage as many people as possible to experience The Knife Angel during its time in Wrexham.”