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NewsThree-tonne, national 'Knife Angel' monument on display in Bolton

Three-tonne, national ‘Knife Angel’ monument on display in Bolton

The Knife Angel – a statue created from 100,000 seized blades – is on display in Bolton.
Weighing in at three tonnes, the 27 feet tall structure was created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour whilst addressing a need for social change.

Its also serves as a memorial designed to celebrate lives lost through violent actions.

The Kinfe Angel has travelled around the UK but Bolton is the first town in Greater Manchester to host the statue, where it will stay until November 30.

Launch event

A launch event took place on Friday, with guests bringing a ribbon and tie to the barriers in support of the campaign and in an act of remembrance.

A programme of events will take place across the borough to link to key work areas and tell the story of the Knife Angel.

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Superintendent Danny O’Neil, of GMP’s Bolton District, said: “This impressive artwork serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating impact of violence on our communities. The knives represent lives lost, families shattered, and futures stolen.”

Opportunity to take action

He continued: “The monument also represents an opportunity – an opportunity for us to come together, to raise awareness, and to take action. The arrival of the sculpture is not merely an artistic exhibition – it is a call to action, urging us to address the root causes of violence.

“The angel is a powerful reminder that change is possible if we work together. Please bring your friends and families to see the Knife Angel, let its presence serve as a catalyst for change.

“We must embrace this moment and work tirelessly to build a Bolton that is safe, vibrant, and filled with opportunities for all.”

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Kate Green, deputy mayor for policing, crime, criminal justice, and fire, said: “The knife angel provides an opportunity for us to come together to remember the lives we have tragically lost to knife crime and unite in our fight against it.

“We have seen reductions in knife crime in Greater Manchester recently, between the year ending June 2022 and the year ending June 2023 knife crime decreased by 12.5% across all ages and 13.5% for victims under 25, but we know there is more work to do.

“Through the work of the Violence Reduction Unit, our partners, and local communities, we will continue to invest in positive interventions for young people involved in or at risk of violence and exploitation, and provide support for parents and families.

“Violence is preventable, not inevitable, and by working together we can make a difference.”

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