Knife Angel

Knife Angel Sculpture is coming to Colchester
1 to 31 October 2023


Colchester City Council is hosting the ‘Knife Angel’ in October. Located in Balkerne Gardens adjacent to the Mercury Theatre it will be framed by one of the arches of ‘Jumbo’ the landmark Victorian Water Tower. 

A  programme of activities and events is planned by Colchester City Council and its partners, aimed at raising awareness about knife crime and its impact on local communities. 

The sculpture, made from over 100,000 seized blades, was created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour whilst solidifying our critical need for social change. Not only does the Knife Angel act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, but it also acts as a memorial to those who have lost their lives through knife crime.

“If we were asked what makes us most proud about what has been achieved across the UK it would be the 100,000 plus Youth Ambassadors pledging to influence their communities in rejecting violence.”
-Clive Knowles (British Ironworks)


Representing the nation’s intolerance and rejection of violence, communities across the UK have embraced the Knife Angel and all it stands for. 

In October it is Colchester’s turn to host the iconic statue and deliver a packed programme of workshops and activities to highlight the issues of knife violence.

Visitors to the Knife Angel throughout October can talk to a wide range of people about how they can sign up as ambassador to spread the message that carrying a bladed article is wrong. 

Upcoming events:

  • 1 - 31 October: Children’s Colouring Competition
  • 1 - 31 October: Knife Angel Trail & Quiz
  • 1 - 31 October: Knife Angel Photographic Competition
  • 24, 26, 27 October - Mobile Skate ParkAdjacent to Mercury Theatre

Ann Oakes-Odger MBE - mother of a knife crime victim

Westley's life was taken in a shocking unprovoked act of violence at a cash machine on a bright sunny afternoon. The grief and impact to all of the family, immense and lifelong.

Read Ann's story

"A knife in the pocket is as bad as a loaded gun..."

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