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During these difficult and uncertain times it is our top priority is to protect and care for all residents, visitors and employees in our borough. After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel all workshops and events which are running alongside the Knife Angel here in Telford. Thank you for your understanding.

The Knife Angel Southwater Square, Telford March 2020

About the Knife Angel

The Knife Angel is an impressive sculpture made from more than 100,000 knife blades which aims to raise awareness of knife crime in the UK and to help stop people carrying knives.

The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre by sculptor Alfie Bradley and is made from knives collected as a result of working with police forces and introducing knife amnesties across the country.

The sculpture is dedicated to the victims of knife crime - a number of the blades carry the names of knife crime victims, inscribed by their loved ones.

You can read the full story about The Knife Angel and how it was made on the British Ironwork Centre website.

  • West Mercia Police logo
  • Telford & Wrekin Council logo

Key facts

100 knife blades graphic 27 ft high graphic
  • Sculptor: Alfie Bradley
  • Creators: British Ironwork Centre

Creating the Knife Angel

Knife Angel interview with Yvonne and Chris


#TelfordKnifeAngel

The Knife Angel is being brought to Telford by Telford & Wrekin Council and West Mercia Police with the support of the British Ironwork Centre.

When and where

Telford will host the Knife Angel during March 2020 in Southwater.

The 27ft sculpture will sit in Southwater Square from 29 February 2020 until 29 March 2020.

We’d recommend seeing the Knife Angel during the daytime to fully appreciate it and its message.

It costs nothing to see the Knife Angel in Telford.

Help us to promote the Knife Angel in Telford by sharing your photos of The Knife Angel in Southwater on social media using the hashtag #TelfordKnifeAngel.

Key facts

  • Where: Southwater Square
  • When: 29 February 2020 (from 2pm) until 29 March 2020
  • Cost: Free to view

How to get here

The Knife Angel is in Southwater Square, which is a couple of minute’s walk from Telford Shopping Centre and Telford Town Park.

Southwater is located within Telford Town Centre and is within easy reach from the M6 and M54 motorway plus easy walking distance from Telford Central Station.

By car

Please input postcode TF3 4BZ which will take you to the Southwater multi storey car park. This car park is secure, well lit and conveniently located on the entrance of Southwater and Telford Shopping Centre.

Please note: there are disabled parking spaces on each level of the car park. To access Southwater from the car park please exit at level 2.

Nearby car parking is also available from Telford Shopping Centre. Charges vary and you should pay at the machine on exit. For details of parking around the shopping centre visit the Telford Shopping Centre website.

Bus

Telford Central Bus Station is a 5 minute walk from Southwater. Just cross the main road and head into Southwater. For information on bus times visit the Arriva bus website.

Train

Telford Central Train Station is a 10 minute walk from Southwater. Just head over the footbridge towards Telford Shopping Centre and then through Southwater. For info on train times visit the Trainline website.


Support us

The Knife Angel is being bought to the borough from 29 February 2020 until 29 March 2020 by Telford & Wrekin Council and West Mercia Police in association with local community groups and organisations who want to help raise awareness of knife crime.

While the Knife Angel is in Telford it will be seen by tens of thousands of people and we need our local communities support to help host this month long event.

This will be a big operation and we are extremely grateful to the businesses who have already come forward to offer their services including transporting the angel from its previous location in Gateshead, off-loading the 27 foot tall Angel and securing the sculpture in Southwater.

How can you help?

If you are a business or organisation and you think you can help us to host the Knife Angel here in Telford please get in touch. No matter how big or small your contribution is it will go a long way to helping us make this project a great success here in Telford.

What are some of the things we need support with:

  • design and print support including T-shirts for volunteers
  • volunteers – can you spare some time throughout March to be on hand in Southwater? Training will be provided.

We will be able to offer businesses the opportunity to have their logos on signage, website and social media in exchange for their products, services or monetary contribution to this project.

If you’re able to support this project or would like to find out more please email events@telford.gov.uk.


Educational visits

Are you a school or education group from the borough interested in visiting the knife angel here in Telford?

Over 2,000 school children will be visiting Southwater this March to see the Knife Angel and to take part in an educational workshop where they will learn more about the effects of knife crime in the community. The workshops will be provided by Loudmouth.

We are delighted that these sessions have been hugely popular and are now fully booked.

However, if you are a school, college or educational group looking to visit the Knife Angel this March in Telford we would recommend you get in touch to let us know when you plan on visiting so that we can assist you with parking arrangements and ensure a host is available so you get the most from your visit.

Please contact Lyn.Stepanian@telford.gov.uk.


Get support

If you would like further support around knife crime you may find the following websites useful:

If you are concerned about a young person you can also contact the Steer Clear programme which is the boroughs local knife crime programme for 10 - 17 year olds. The programme is voluntary and anyone can make a referral, including self-referrals and peer to peer referrals. All you need to do is email SteerClearProgramme@westmercia.pnn.police.uk.

You can also find further support listed in the directory of Support Services for Victims and Survivors of Child Criminal Exploitation.


Telford Knife Angel FAQs

What is the Knife Angel?

The Knife Angel is an impressive 27ft tall sculpture made from more than 100,000 knife blades collected by UK police forces. It aims to raise awareness of knife crime in the UK and to help stop people carrying knives.

The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre by sculptor Alfie Bradley and is made completely from knives collected as a result of working with police forces and introducing knife amnesties across the country.

The sculpture is dedicated to the victims of knife crime - a number of the blades carry the names of knife crime victims, inscribed by their loved ones.

When will the Knife Angel be in Telford?

The #TelfordKnifeAngel will run from 1 March 2020 to 30 March 2020.

Where will the Knife Angel be in Telford?

The Knife Angel will in Southwater Square near Telford Town Centre. Head for Southwater One.

How much does it cost to see the Knife Angel?

Nothing – it is free. We ask only for your commitment to stop people carrying knives.

How tall is the Knife Angel?

The sculpture is 27 feet tall (approximately 8.23 metres).

Who is behind bringing the Knife Angel to Telford and Wrekin?

This is organised by Telford & Wrekin Council and West Mercia Police.

Sponsorship opportunities

To bring Knife Angel to Telford costs money for things like transport, security, display materials, while we expect it to be seen by tens of thousands of people. We need help to keep these costs as low as possible. View a list of the sponsorship opportunities. Our thanks to the businesses who are already supporting #TelfordKnifeAngel.

How many blades have been used to make the Knife Angel?

Around 100,000 blades collected my UK Police Forces through knife amnesties.

How is the Knife Angel transported to Telford?

The logistics of getting the Knife Angel to Telford will be a big operation, involving transport from its previous location, off-loading the 27 foot tall Angel and swinging it into place; securing it into place and the security of the sculpture.

What can I do if I need support around Knife Crime?

Take a look at our getting support section.

Where can I find out more information about the Knife Angel?

The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre by sculptor Alfie Bradley. You can read the full story about The Knife Angel and how it was made on the British Ironwork Centre website.

I want to visit the Knife Angel but can’t get to Telford?

The Knife Angel travels to different parts of the country. Following Telford the Knife Angel will be going to Wolverhampton. You can also look at the British Ironwork Centre website to find other locations.