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Southend to host Knife Angel

Southend-on-Sea has been selected by the British Ironworks to host the Knife Angel during the month of July to highlight the devastating impact of violent crime.

Within Essex, the Knife Angel has previously visited Chelmsford, Harlow and Colchester and now the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression will have a month long stay in Southend with the purpose of symbolising hope and social change, and educating young people on the harmful and long-lasting effects that violent behaviour can have on communities, families, and victims.

The Knife Angel is a thought provoking 27-foot-high sculpture crafted from over 100,000 confiscated or surrendered weapons. The weapons include knives, inscribed with messages from impacted families or former offenders, confiscated by Police Forces across the country.

From Monday 1 July to Sunday 28 July, the Knife Angel will be located at the Victoria Circus end of Southend High Street, offering both residents and visitors a unique opportunity to witness the sculpture up close and the powerful message it sends. During the month there will be a general weapons amnesty, with the support of Essex Police.

A free programme of learning opportunities is also planned throughout July, aimed at preventing youth involvement in violence. The sessions will encourage parents, carers and residents of all ages to learn more about the impacts of violence, the signs of exploitation and county lines, explore proactive solutions, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

As part of Southend’s hosting, they are placing a spotlight on positive recreational activities available for children and young people across the city with clubs offering a host of demonstrations and taster sessions throughout the month.