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The Knife Angel – National Monument Against Violence and Aggression visiting Somerset during April as part of a nationwide tour, raising awareness and calling for change.

Statue of an angel made out of knives

Photo credit – British Ironwork Centre

The Knife Angel is a sculpture which aims to raise awareness of the negative effects of violence and aggression and is visiting Somerset as part of a nationwide tour.

Somerset Council and Taunton Town Council are supporting and encouraging a 30-day campaign of anti-conflict awareness raising with schools, community groups and local businesses. We also have the support of many partners and local businesses from across Somerset, which continues to grow.

Whilst Somerset remains a safe place to live with relatively low levels of knife crime, we fully support the aims of the sculpture and strongly condemn all forms of violence. We hope the presence of the Knife Angel will help raise awareness of an important national issue.

About the Knife Angel creator

The Knife Angel and its concept was created by the British Ironwork Centre. Following increased knife crime since 2014, Clive Knowles, the Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, developed the idea of creating an Angel made entirely from knives. This was to highlight the issue of knife crime, but more importantly all forms of violence, plaguing the nation. Alfie Bradley, an employee at the Centre at the time, was tasked with sculpting the Angel alongside the Ironworks’ team.

How the Knife Angel was made

The Knife Angel is made from approximately 100,000 knives and blades taken from the streets of Britain. In collaboration with all 43 Police Constabularies in the UK, the blades were collected through knife amnesties and surrenders across the country. How the Knife Angel was made.

The Angel was specifically designed to create social change by helping to raise better awareness of how violent and aggressive behaviour effects our communities. Educating and encouraging youth to renounce violence as a means to solve problems and by acting as a memorial for those lives lost to these unnecessary actions.

Dates and location of the Knife Angel in Somerset

The Knife Angel will visit Somerset as part of its national tour from 3 April 2024 to 30 April 2024.

There will be an official opening ceremony on Wednesday 3 April at 1pm at Market House in Taunton, which will be a public event and open to all.

The Knife Angel for Somerset will be located at Market House. Fore Street, Taunton TA1 1JD (in front of Wildwood Restaurant).

Show your support for the Knife Angel cause

Ribbons of Reflection

GoCreate Taunton is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that was set up in 2014 by a group of creative practitioners living or working in Taunton. Go Create are producing three site specific art installations in the town centre as part of the Knife Angel project. These creative spaces will offer reflection and public interaction that promotes awareness as well as inclusion.

You are encouraged to take part by adding a ribbon to the designated areas in Castle Green, The Knife Angel site and Taunton Minster. Ribbons can be collected from Taunton Visitor Centre, Museum of Somerset and Taunton Minster free of charge.

Come along and visit the Knife Angel, 3 April 2024 to 30 April 2024.

Report concerns about violence or exploitation

If there is an immediate danger always dial 999, but if it is not an emergency and you would like advice about concerns you can visit:

Avon and Somerset Police: To contact your local neighbourhood policing team visit Your area | Avon and Somerset Police or call 101 (for non-emergencies) or 999 (for emergencies).

Children’s Social Care: If you are concerned that a child may be at risk, or that you are struggling to look after your child call 0300 123 2224 or visit About Children’s Social Care (somerset.gov.uk)

Adult Social Care: If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult, please call 0300 123 2224 or visit Somerset Safeguarding Adults.

Crimestoppers: Speak up, stay safe, visit Crimestoppers or call 0800 555 111. 100% anonymous. Always.

Fearless: part of Crimestoppers: Fearless enables young people to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. Visit Fearless part of Crimestoppers or call 0800 555 111.

Places to safely dispose of a weapon

Information on how to surrender offensive weapons can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police website.

Last reviewed: March 25, 2024 by Ian

Next review due: September 25, 2024

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