Knife Angel

1-27 March 2024
Situated near the intersection of Tithebarn Street and The Rock

The Knife Angel was made by The British Ironwork Centre, which is the largest centre in the UK for decorative metal work.

About The Knife Angel

Bury BID is delighted to host the Knife Angel in partnership with Bury Council and Greater Manchester Police and several organisations and partners. It was created to raise awareness of the impact of knife crime, violence and aggressive behaviour.

The Knife Angel will be situated near the intersection of Tithebarn Street and The Rock from 1st March until the 27th March 2024 as part of its National Anti-Violence Tour.

Only national monument creative with no funding

The Knife Angel is a huge, stunning contemporary sculpture of an angel made from over 100,000 seized blades received from 43 Police Forces across the UK.

Only monument created to remember those lost to knife crime

It weighs in at a hefty 3.5 tonnes. Originating from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and created by sculptor Alfie Bradley, it is on tour of towns and cities around Britain raising awareness of the issues of knife crime.

Only UK monument addressing social change

Not only does it act as a catalyst for social change, but it also acts as a beautiful memorial designed to commemorate and celebrate the lives lost through these violent and thoughtless actions.

Knife Angel Events in Bury

The Knife Angel’s arrival in Bury will be supported by by a month-long series of events, educational outreach, workshops and other activities across the town involving a range of organisations and people of all ages and backgrounds. The Knife Angel’s time in Bury will commence with an opening ceremony and conclude with a community vigil.

Uniting Against Knife Crime – A Photo Competition for Change

We invite photographers of all levels and abilities to participate in a photography competition. This competition offers the opportunity to showcase your perspective and artistic interpretation of The Knife Angel. Submit your photo below to be in with a chance of winning! For full details of the competition and how to enter here.

Photo Competition Winners

With grateful thanks to our supporting partners

Bury Council

Supporting charities and organisations

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Additional Information

Greater Manchester Police

Operation Venture is Greater Manchester Police’s response to tackling serious violent crime, with a focus on knife crime. The aim of the operation is to prevent and reduce serious violent crime and raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime.

Further information about this can be found here. This also includes information about the Knife Amnesty #ForeverAmnesty, advice and support for young people about the consequences of knife crime and advice and support for parents and carers in identifying knife crime ad what to look out for.

There are 13 amnesty bins permanently located across Greater Manchester where you can anonymously deposit a knife.

Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

The Violence Reduction Unit brings together Greater Manchester Police, National Probation Service, health and education professionals, youth justice and local authorities to address the underlying causes of violent crime and work together with communities to prevent it.

It forms part of Greater Manchester’s approach to tackling serious violent crime, which includes making sure victims of violent crime get the right support and improving the criminal justice response to all forms of serious violence.

Serious Violence Duty

The Serious Violence Duty requires councils and local services to collaborate in sharing information and targeting interventions to prevent and reduce serious violence. Bury Council is partnering with statutory entities to develop a local needs assessment, identifying key risks and threats. This assessment will guide the creation of a strategy and action plan under the governance of the Community Safety Partnership.