Shropshire's Knife Angel to resume its UK tour

Shropshire's Knife Angel is to resume it's tour of the UK in June.

Sam Roberts from Leominster Cranes, Alison Davies from Hereford, Clive Knowles Richard Roberts from Leominster Cranes, Ben Russel from Russel Transport Cheltenham and Meryl Kane Hereford organising Group.
Sam Roberts from Leominster Cranes, Alison Davies from Hereford, Clive Knowles Richard Roberts from Leominster Cranes, Ben Russel from Russel Transport Cheltenham and Meryl Kane Hereford organising Group.

The British Ironwork Centre, where the anti-knife crime sculpture was made, said the aim is to see the it travel to Hereford early in the month.

It will sit outside Hereford Cathedral for 30 days, to coincide with a special crime conference.

The sculpture by artist, Alfie Bradley, was created from 100,000 blades handed in to or confiscated by police forces across the UK.

Chairman of the visitor attraction near Oswestry, Mr Clive Knowles, said: "We are delighted that the Angel can restart its national tour, our journey plan was completely derailed by the pandemic."

"We are now starting to rebuild its national journey. Our objective is to still ensure the Angel visits as many UK cities and towns as possible. We are now on our 13th hosting location, with Chelmsford in Essex being the next planned 14th location after Hereford."

This week the Hereford organising representatives visited the Ironwork Centre to discuss the logistics of safely moving the Angel to Hereford Cathedral.

Those behind the visited have created the Hereford Crime Conference, pulling together education providers of all types, community leaders, emergency services and council representatives.

"During the Knife Angel’s visit we will run a series of workshops and interactive events. It is envisaged that this initiative will continue after the Knife Angel leaves Hereford," a spokesman said.

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