Knife Angel arrives in Gwent

2nd November 2022

The Knife Angel, a national symbol standing against violence and aggression in communities, has arrived in Gwent.

Constructed from more than 100,000 knives, the 27ft sculpture will be on display at the Friars Walk shopping centre until Wednesday 30 November.

Commissioned by the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, and created by artist Alfie Bradley, the iconic sculpture has been visiting towns and cities across the country.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “I am delighted to welcome the Knife Angel to Gwent. It is a prominent reminder of the devastating impact that violence and aggression can have on our communities.

“This is a unique opportunity to see the Knife Angel in Gwent and I would encourage residents across the region to come and pay a visit over the next month.”

The Knife Angel is made from knives surrendered at amnesties across the UK and messages of hope from the families of victims have been engraved into its wings.

Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: “Hosting the Knife Angel is a privilege, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped to bring it safely to Gwent.

“This is an opportunity to engage with our residents, particularly children and young people, over the consequences of violent crime and I am sure that this will lead to more conversations with our communities throughout the Knife Angel’s visit.”

The Knife Angel has visited 27 towns and cities across the UK since it began its national tour in 2018.

Simon Pullen, Centre Director at Friars Walk said: “We are honoured to be hosting The Knife Angel at Friars Walk during November. It is an awe-inspiring structure, and a very positive way of encouraging open dialogue about knife crime right across the country. We look forward to welcoming people into the heart of Newport to be a part of this important tour.”

Throughout the Knife Angel’s visit Gwent Police will host knife amnesty bins at police stations across Gwent.

Throughout November you can safely and anonymously dispose of knives at the following police stations.

  • Newport Central: 8am - 7pm
  • Monmouth: 9am - 1pm. 2pm – 4pm
  • Blackwood: 9am - 1pm. 2pm – 4pm
  • Ebbw Vale: 9am - 1pm. 2pm – 4pm
  • Cwmbran: 9am - 1pm, 2pm – 4pm