It’s a sad fact that knife crime is rising across the country.
The Knife Angel’s presence in Derby is very much a symbol of the hard work of partners and communities across Derbyshire to halt this rise.
You can show your support and join us in standing up to knife crime. If you have any information, report it to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you are a young person you can find out more about knife crime by visiting: https://www.fearless.org/en
The spectacular, 27 feet high sculpture is made from around 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife amnesties during police surrenders across the country.
The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre with sculptor Alfie Bradley.
Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture.
The Knife Angel has visited many cities in the UK and is in Derby throughout most of October.
Rachel Webb, whose 22-year-old son, Tom, was killled in St Peter’s Street, Derby, after being stabbed by a 16-year-old in 2016, has been instrumental in bringing the Angel to Derby.
In the year that Tom was killed, Rachel supported a knife surrender held across Derbyshire and knives from this were donated towards the creation of this sculpture.
Derby Cathedral is pleased to be hosting the sculpture for the duration of its stay in the city, but many organisations have worked together to make the visit to Derby possible.