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The Knife Angel Consequences Competition opens to budding photographers

A1 Camera Club Weston-super-Mare has organised a competition in association with North Somerset Council. They are asking for photographers to create powerful images that show the anguish, loss and sadness caused by knife violence.


There are two age categories; 11-17 years old and 18 years and over. The deadline for entries is Friday 29th March and you can enter multiple pictures.


Winners will be announced in April and invited to the join the Knife Angel opening ceremony on Wednesday 1 May.


Following a successful bid by the North Somerset Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), the ‘Knife Angel’ will visit North Somerset next spring as part of a nationwide tour to highlight the issue of violent crime.


The iconic 27-feet-tall statue has been created from over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by the UK’s 43 police forces. It was designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre (BIC) as a national monument against violence and aggression.

The Knife Angel will be on display at the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare’s town centre throughout May 2024.


The North Somerset VRU is working with a range of organisations and community groups to curate a month-long programme throughout the Knife Angel’s time in North Somerset. Plans for this activity, all themed around violent crime, include educational workshops, art installations and awareness performances.


A knife amnesty will also take place throughout May 2024, with anyone able to dispose of blades with no questions asked and no fear of reprisals.


Councillor James Clayton, North Somerset Council’s executive member for safety in the community, said: “Violent crime, including knife crime, is a major issue across the UK. The Knife Angel symbolises the devastating impacts that this can have on communities.


“Securing the Knife Angel’s visit to North Somerset will serve as a catalyst for us, and our partners, to highlight violent crime through a month of action. We want to make sure the Knife Angel’s powerful message leaves a positive and lasting impact.


“It also provides an opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic work already being done to address violence. This includes our multi-agency VRU, as well as our Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls team.”


Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Shelford, said: “Knife crime is a serious issue, and one that is high on my agenda. I am pleased that we have provided funding, through the Violence Reduction Unit, towards hosting this remarkable sculpture in the Avon and Somerset area. It will provide a striking visual reminder of the devastating affects knife crime can have on individuals and families.


“While the sculpture is in the area, we will be working with key partners to help raise awareness of, and educate young people about, the dangers of carrying knives and the lasting impact it can have on their lives."


More information about the work of the North Somerset VRU can be found at www.saferstrongerns.co.uk/VRU.

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