The Knife Angel will be in Centre Square in Middlesbrough from Tuesday 6th August
Cleveland Police’s School Liaison Officers will be teaming up with Theresa Cave from the Chris Cave Foundation throughout August to deliver hard hitting presentations on the effects of weapon-related crime.
The presentations will be held in Middlesbrough Central Library, a stones throw away from where the Knife Angel sculpture is being displayed.
Presentations will be held on a morning and again on an afternoon each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout August.
Theresa Cave will deliver the Foundations POINT7 program to educate youths on the devastating effects of weapon related crime which includes real life stories, pictures and information regarding laws on carrying weapons, gang culture, cyber bullying and sentencing.
School Liaison Officer Lindsey Blackburn, who will also deliver a knife crime presentation on behalf of Cleveland Police, said:
“Our Force presentation and POINT7 are interactive and powerful ways to raise awareness of weapon-related crimes and the consequences and devastating impact it can have on people’s lives.
“We are very grateful to the Chris Cave Foundation for delivering their program, as it is a great tool to educate young people.
“As a Force, our school liaison officers have been visiting various schools to deliver our presentation for a while now and it has been successful so far in getting our point across.”
Theresa Cave added: “We are so pleased to be working together to deter young people away from knife crime. I hope the Knife Angel in its self will raise so much awareness and all the hard work pays off.
“It has been a pleasure to work with prevention and education as it’s what we in Cleveland are all about. I would like to thank the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police for making this happen.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to bring the Knife Angel to Cleveland and I have no doubt that it will attract visitors from all over the region who want to experience the power of the sculpture in person.
“But what is really important is the lasting legacy the Angel’s visit leaves on the area. To make a lasting difference, we have committed to a range of educational presentations for young people to highlight the dangers and consequences of knife crime.
“Theresa’s perspective as a bereaved parent is a hard-hitting wake up call for young people and along with input from Cleveland Police’s School Liaison Officers, will have a lasting impact on those who take part.
“My Office will continue our investment in services and initiatives to prevent and tackle serious violence in our communities, to divert young people away from crime and give them confidence to rebuild healthy relationships and make more positive life choices.”
Anyone who is interested in attending or wants to organise a group of youths to attend the presentations, please contact Kath Curtis: Kathryn.Curtis@cleveland.pnn.police.uk
Posted on Friday 2nd August 2019