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Knife Angel sculpture to visit Nuneaton

Published on Friday, 14th April 2023

Knife Angel

The world-famous sculpture, the Knife Angel, will visit Nuneaton in June, the latest stop in its nationwide tour.

The 27-foot tall sculpture, created by artist Alfie Bradley, is made from more than 100,000 blades and has stolen the limelight wherever it has gone.

The Knife Angel specifically highlights the negative effects of violent crime while carrying with its messages of anti-violence, youth reconciliation and reducing knife crime.

Now Warwickshire Police and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, together with the Warwickshire Police Commissioner’s Office and Warwickshire County Council, are to bring the creation to the Borough.

The sculpture will be sited in Nuneaton town centre for around a month, with full details to be confirmed nearer the time.

Cllr Clare Golby, Chair of Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Communities Partnership, told councillors at Wednesday’s (12 April) Cabinet meeting:

“We are going to have a visit from this iconic sculpture as part of the national youth anti-violence campaign.

“It is very much about emphasising the negative effects of violent behaviour, and particularly knife crime, which is a problem across the country and this Borough is no exception I’m afraid.

“We have been working very hard with our colleagues in the Police and the Police Commissioner’s Office, and then more recently the youth justice system and education at the county council to make this happen, and I am delighted now that it’s becoming a reality.

“We will be running a programme not just in schools in Nuneaton and Bedworth but across the area, and more will be announced about this in the weeks to come.”

Northern Area Commander at Warwickshire Police, Chief Inspector Steve Davies, said:

“I am passionate about education and prevention around youth violence in our towns.

“The Knife Angel will be used across the town in the month of June to educate our young people, but this will also be a focal point to bring together different members of our communities.

“The Angel will encourage conversation around an important issue but also ensure that we take a key role in preventing knife crime across our towns.”