Residents invited to pledge commitment to reduce knife crime
Wirral residents are invited to pledge their commitment to the national anti-violence message and share feedback on the Knife Angel on display in Birkenhead Park.
The 27-foot-high sculpture arrived in Wirral at the start of July, as part of a nationwide tour highlighting the reality of knife and other violent crime.
A digital guestbook has been created for Wirral residents to pledge their commitment in helping to reduce knife crime and leave feedback on their experience of visiting the sculpture. The sculpture is made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK and weighs a hefty 3.5 tonnes.
Also known as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression, the figure was specifically created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour. The Knife Angel is intended to educate children, young people and adults about the harmful effects that violent behaviour has on communities all across our nation.
A month-long series of events, workshops and other activities across the borough involving a range of organisations and people of all ages and backgrounds are taking place.
The Knife Angel encourages the surrender of knives and was constructed using weapons handed in to police forces as part of an amnesty appeal in 2015 and 2016. Surrender bins for the safe disposal of knives in Wirral are in place next to the sculpture whilst it is in the area. More than 40 knives were surrendered in the first week at the amnesty bins in Wirral.
The Knife Angel will be on display until 31st July