The Knife Angel arrives in Northampton
Tragedy presented in Art
The iconic 27-feet-tall statue will be visiting Northampton as part of its nationwide tour to highlight the issue of knife crime in the UK.
The statue, which was designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre (BIC) in Oswestry, has been created from over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by the UK’s 43 police forces.
The Knife Angel has been brought to the town by West Northants Council (WNC), C2C Social Action and the Office of Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (OFPCC). The Northampton Town Community Trust is a partner working with these organisations to help raise awareness about this issue.
Knife crime is a tragic fact of modern inner-city Britain. The sheer number of knives confiscated in just 4 years, should ring alarm bells with everyone, parents, young people and society as a whole. This is a vicious circle that will never end, unless the cycle of victims, fearing knife crime, carry knives and them become aggressors themselves.
It would not be enough to simply imprison people for carrying a knife, because that could punish those who have taken to carrying a knife, because they are living in fear.
What is the solution?
There must be a gradual de-escalation of knives, of course, initially with searches conducted en-mass, in areas that have the most knife crime, however, everyone caught with a knife, must not simply be punished, nor should they walk away, society needs an organised programme to stop this circle of aggression at its very source, otherwise the circle of aggressor and victim will continue with increasingly tragic consequences.