Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn is bringing the Knife Angel to Aberystwyth in June 2022

The Knife Angel - also known as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression - is a very impressive sculpture made from over 100,000 knives, created by the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire.

The sculpture has been touring the UK to raise awareness of knife crime and how it affects communities, families and individuals.

When?

1 – 29 June 2022

There will be an Opening Ceremony on the morning of 1 June, and a Closing Ceremony followed by a candlelit vigil on the evening of 29 June.

Where?

Llys y Brenin Square, Aberystwyth

Why?

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has brought the Knife Angel to Aberystwyth to raise awareness of knife crime and the impact it can have.

Key prevention, anti-violence and anti-aggression messages will be shared through educating children, young people, and adults about the harmful effects that violent behaviour has on our communities. In doing so, we hope to prevent violent behaviour and divert people away from violence as a solution for solving disputes.

Whilst there has been a 105% increase in knife crime in Wales over the last decade, please be assured that the Knife Angel has not been brought to Aberystwyth because of any major problem with this kind of crime in the area. We do acknowledge however, that knife crimes have taken place here within the last year – 26 of the 67 Ceredigion-based knife crimes. Worryingly, a small number of these involved suspects under the age of 18.

Prevention of crime and diversion away from crime is essential. We hope that the Knife Angel will greatly assist us in raising critical awareness of knife crime whilst creating a widespread intolerance to violent behaviour within our communities.

We want to involve children and young people from across Aberystwyth and neighbouring areas, as well as community groups and organisations, to get involved in some of the activities that are taking place during the visit.

For further details and a programme of activities, please email; OPCC.Communication@dyfed-powys.police.uk