The Knife Angel will shortly arrive in Derby
The first of a series of short videos highlighting the story behind the iconic Knife Angel and the impact of knife crime on society will be launched today ahead of the statue’s arrival in the county.
Seven video clips have been produced on behalf of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa which will be screened over social media channels over the next week.
They preview the county’s work to address knife crime and the background behind the national sculpture. There is also a moving interview with Rachel Webb whose 22-yrs-old son Tom was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby by a 16-year-old boy in January 2016.
From tomorrow (Saturday 28 September), a new film will be uploaded every day up to and including Friday (October 4), when it will look at the launch of iconic sculpture held the previous evening.
“We are extremely proud to host this iconic sculpture here in Derby which serves as a powerful reminder of the impact of knife crime and violence on British life and within our communities,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“We’ve created these videos to support the sculpture’s presence in the city and give people an idea of the meticulous planning involved in transporting the Knife Angel to Derbyshire. We are also using the opportunity to raise awareness of the issues impacting young people’s safety today and how Derbyshire Police is working hard to steer young people away from violence.”
The Knife Angel, which is also known as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, is a spectacular 27ft artwork created by the British Ironwork Centre which is made up from 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, including Derbyshire.
Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture.
The first video features project manager Jack Atwal discussing the logistics of the project while another video portrays the Dean of Derby, The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, discussing what the statue represents. There are also clips featuring police cadets talking about peer pressure and carrying knives.
The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including: Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
The videos can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrG4BtUt9adCXyFHVFRm_QQ
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Posted on Friday 27th September 2019