APCC praises arrival of Knife Angel in Coventry
The Assistant Police and
Crime Commissioner is welcoming the installation of a huge knife
sculpture at Coventry Cathedral.
Dr Lynnette Kelly who is also a Coventry Councillor, attended
the unveiling of the sculpture in the city today.
The Knife Angel is made of over 100,000 confiscated knives and
was created in response to the growing issue of knife crime across
The statue symbolises the 'Save a Life, Surrender your Knife'
campaign and uses weapons collected from 200 Police weapon
surrender bins across 43 forces the country, including from the
The sculpture was created to raise awareness around the
devastating impact knife crime has on young lives, families and
The Knife Angel will stand outside Coventry Cathedral until
April 23 and will act as a physical reminder of the effects of
The 27-foot high structure was created by artist Alfie Bradley,
who was employed and commissioned by the British Ironwork Centre in
The artwork took four years to assemble and has previously stood
in other UK cities such as Liverpool and Hull.
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Lynnette Kelly
said: "The arrival of the Knife Angel in my home city of Coventry
"We are currently facing a knife crime epidemic, both here in
the West Midlands and the rest of the Country.
"The structure stands as a stark reminder of the devastating
effects of violent crime.
"I hope the presence of the Knife Angel will bring people
together to tackle rising knife crime in the region".
The Knife Angel is being supported locally by West Midlands
Police, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry Cathedral,
Coventry City Council and the European City of Sport 2019