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Knife Angel sculpture made from discarded weapons to move to Hull

A 27ft (8.2m) sculpture made from more than 100,000 knives collected through police force surrender campaigns is set to move to Hull.

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The Knife Angel was made at the British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire by sculptor Alfie Bradley, and has been on display outside Liverpool Cathedral since October 2018.

The sculpture, which is a national monument against violence and aggression, will move to Hull city centre on February 1, Humberside Police have announced.

PC Christian Sewell, of the Hull Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, has been working with Kayleigh Pepper, whose brother was killed as a result of knife crime in 2015, to bring the structure to the city.

He said:

This is a real achievement for the team and for Kayleigh who have been working hard to bring the Knife Angel to Hull.

"It was touch and go for a while as structural engineers had to make sure the location was right to house the huge sculpture, but we're thrilled we will able to welcome it to our city.

"Knife crime is very much in the public conscience and this amazing piece of art will hopefully make people think about the dangers of carrying and using knives."

– PC Christian Sewell
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The Knife Angel also serves as a memorial to those who have lost their lives to knife crime, with some of their families engraving messages on its wings.

The weapons that make up the sculpture were collected from 43 police forces across the country.

Keith Hunter, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, said:

Some people are turning to the use of weapons with much greater ease then they used to do and we've got to do something about it.

"This isn't a problem policing will ever solve in itself - it requires a multifaceted approach and a broad partnership with parents, the schools, the police and everyone working together."

– Keith Hunter, PCC