A 27ft sculpture is being brought to Middlesbrough as a tragic reminder of the devastation caused by knife crime.
The Knife Angel was created by The British Ironwork Centre and is made from over 100,000 discarded knives and confiscated weapons from police forces across the country.
Campaigner Theresa Cave has been working closely with Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger to bring the Knife Angel to the area. Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has given council backing and has agreed to host the impressive monument.
Theresa’s son Christopher was killed in a brutal stabbing in Redcar in June 2003 when he was 17. His name is one of a number inscribed onto the blades that form the angel’s wings.
The Knife Angel will be placed in the town’s centre square in early August where it will stand for four weeks. It is hoped that thousands of people will see the sculpture, and bring the issue of knife crime to the fore. A range of educational and prevention work will accompany the Angel’s stay, including talks to young people.
Theresa Cave said: “It’s going to be very emotional for me and other families to see the sculpture in Middlesbrough. I’ve been involved since it was first built and I know how important it is as a tool to raise awareness of the impact of knives. I’m delighted that people will get the chance to see it in person, especially as it is the first time that it has come to the north east.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The Knife Angel will be an impactive presence in the heart of Middlesbrough and is what we need to raise awareness about the traumatic effects of knife crime. The sculpture means so much to victims’ families, and it’s their stories that can help to educate people about the devastating consequences of knife related violence.
“I’m pleased to be driving the work to bring the Knife Angel to Cleveland and would like to thank all involved in helping us to spread the message.”
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “Knife crime blights communities and destroys lives.
“We’re delighted to host the sculpture in Middlesbrough, and look forward to welcoming 1,000’s of visitors from across the North East to Centre Square in August.
“Such a beautiful piece of art carries with it a powerful message about the senseless loss that accompanies all knife crime.”
Chief Constable Richard Lewis added: “Only when we talk about knife crime and violence can we begin to come together to make a difference to our communities. The Knife Angel will spark a conversation across all ages and backgrounds and we will support this educational work alongside our preventative measures and enforcement activity, which sees offenders brought to justice.”
Further information on the Knife Angel can be found by visiting https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/the-knife-angel-official/
Posted on Tuesday 2nd July 2019