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'Knife Angel' statue on its way to Northampton to highlight knife crime

The 27ft tall statue, made of 100,000 knives confiscated by police, will be placed outside the All-Saints Church.

Joseph Ashmenall | Thursday 17th March 2022 10:33am

Northampton is the next stop on its nationwide tour highlighting knife crime across Britain.

There will also be a candlelight vigil and a knife amnesty box set up.

The vigil will be hosted at All Saints Church at 7:30 pm on April 30th to mark the statue's visit to the town.

A march against knife crime will also take place on May 7th, through Northampton's town centre, with a variety of performances afterwards.

The Knife Angel was meant to visit Northampton in 2020, but its tour was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The touring of Alfie Bradley's statue started in 2019 and continued in July 2021 after the pandemic had settled down.

The Knife Angel has had positive effects in the previous areas it has visited.

The statue visited Chelmsford at the end of 2021. The town's since seen a decline in violent crimes according to the police crime maps of the area.

In October 2021, there were 34 violent crimes recorded in Chelmsford town. In January that fell to just 14.

Hereford was also visited by The Knife Angel last summer, and had a similar drop in violent crimes.

112 violent crimes were record in the northside of Hereford city in July 2021, but that had dropped to 89 this January.

Written by Joseph Ashmenall

 

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