The Knife Angel is a stunning 27ft, 3.5 ton, sculpture of an angel made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK.
Originating from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and created by sculptor Alfie Bradley, it has been on tour of towns and cities around Britain raising awareness of the issues of knife crime and all forms of violence and aggression.
Alison Davies lost her son Mark to knife crime in December 2018 and together with Meryl Cain and a small group of friends wanted to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact violent crime has on individuals, families and communities. The team’s involvement with this project is carried out on a voluntary basis. The group are known as The Knife Angel Hereford Team.
The Knife Angel is coming to Hereford on June 14 – July 12 2021 hosted by Hereford Cathedral. During the Knife Angel’s visit the team will run a series of workshops and interactive events. It is envisaged that this initiative will continue after the Knife Angel leaves Hereford. The majority of host towns & cities to date have had a knife amnesty whilst the Angel is in situ. Hereford will have a general weapons amnesty, with the approval of West Mercia Police. There is a “weapon surrender” secure bin which travels with the Angel.
During the Knife Angel’s stay in Hereford, there will be;
- Series of free public workshops and events at The Cathedral and venues in the City.
- National Conference, engaging with professionals in related spheres. This will be an online, ticketed event.
- Youth Conference, identifying young people’s needs and issues which they feel have a negative impact on them and their community.
- Weapon amnesty in operation for the duration of the Angel’s visit, approved by West Mercia Police, a secure weapon surrender bin travels with The Angel.
- Opening Ceremony and Closing Vigil.
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Aim of the conference
Knife crime and violent behaviour are fast becoming a national priority in Britain. Crime in 2021: Knowledge to Practice is bringing leading professionals together to explore both knife crime and crime more broadly. The key aim of this conference for professionals from the Hereford region and across the UK is to explore what people can learn from research and how it can translate research into practice.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from specialists, academics and practitioners, engage in Q&A sessions and enjoy break-time activities via breakout rooms. As such, the organisers imagine this conference will appeal most to professionals working with young people or adults who may be affected by crime.
• Wednesday 9 June
• Attendance is FREE, but donations are welcomed to Knife Angel Hereford, to help support legacy workshops in the local community.
Conference themes and topics
Themes include crimes against young people and adults, plus the impact of crime on individuals and families. Specific topics include:
• Knife crime
• County Lines
• Street Harassment
• Homicidal Bereavement
• Victim Support
• Restorative Justice
• Technology-assisted sexual abuse and exploitation
• Intimate Partner Violence
• Harmful Sexual Behaviour
• Military Veterans and PTSD
The conference will be opened by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and closed by Herefordshire High Sheriff Jo Hilditch. Confirmed speakers include:
• Retired Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen
• Superintendent Edd Williams from West Mercia Police
• Dr Filipa Alves-Costa and Victim Support on the impact of homicidal bereavement
• Clifford Grimason and Victim Support on restorative justice
• Prof Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis on online child sexual abuse and exploitation
• Prof Liz Gilchrist on Domestic Violence
• Dr Rachel Paskell on Military Veterans and PTSD
• Dr David Wright on Street Harassment
• Dr Sarah Elliott on Gangs
• Prof Tom Kirchmaier on knife crime
Any further information is available at – https://knifeangelhereford.co.uk
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