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Preparations for Knife Angel visit in full swing

Preparations for the Knife Angel’s visit to Lancashire are now in full swing with a host of organisations working on events, educational materials and opportunities for Lancashire residents to get involved.

The Knife Angel, a huge statue made from 100,000 seized knives, will be on display outside Blackburn Cathedral from the 4th until the 29th of November 2021. The giant

27ft sculpture was built to inspire change. Acting as a catalyst for dialogue, education and reflection, the Knife Angel highlights the impact this type of violent crime can have on individuals, families and communities and the need for society to change.

With the statue arriving in a month, Lancashire residents, community groups, schools and other organisations now have the opportunity to plan their visit to see the statue during November.

There will be a range of options to view the Knife Angel from informal and self-guided visits to guided tours and conferences with the full range of information now available at www.knifeangellancashire.co.uk.

Det Ch Supt Sue Clarke, Head of the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network said:

“It’s exciting to see everyone coming together to ensure that we make the most of the opportunity of having the Knife Angel here in Lancashire.

“We are determined to make the most of this opportunity to engage in discussions about the impact of knife and violent crime, reflect on the past and look ahead to how we can enable bright futures for young people and wider communities across the county.

“The Knife Angel is for everyone and anyone is welcome to come and see it during its month-long stay. We hope this will be an opportunity to engage with communities about how we can prevent knife crime in Lancashire.”

The Revd Canon Dr Rowena Pailing, Vice Dean & Canon Missioner at Blackburn Cathedral added:

“Having the Knife Angel in Lancashire is a fantastic opportunity to engage with all our communities and we are really looking forward to welcoming people of all faiths and none at our beautiful cathedral.

“While the statue will be located in Blackburn we really want it to benefit the whole of Lancashire and I would like to encourage people from far and wide to come and see it in person.”

Coun Mohammed Khan CBE, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, commented:

“The Knife Angel is a fantastic tool for engaging our local communities and have some meaningful discussions about combatting violent crime and I am proud that Blackburn with Darwen is hosting the sculpture.

“I know that residents and community groups across Lancashire will make the most of the opportunity to stand together in solidarity against knife crimes.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden added:

“Knife crime doesn’t just affect individuals, it affects families, friends and entire communities and anything we can do to combat this is a step in the right direction.

“I am happy to see the involvement of so many partners to take action and start conversations around violent crime and how to combat it.

“I remain fully committed to working closely with the Constabulary to tackle violent crime here in Lancashire and to bring offenders to justice.”

During November anyone has the opportunity to visit the Knife Angel at a time to suit them. Further information about the Knife Angel’s visit and the different opportunities to get involved is now available at www.knifeangellancashire.co.uk. People can also search ‘Knife Angel Lancashire’ on Facebook and Twitter to see regular updates in the run up to the sculpture’s arrival and throughout November.

The Knife Angel, national monument against violence and aggression. Coming to Blackburn Cathedral 4-29 November 2021

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