Centre's anti-knife appeal launches


Emily Davies

A NATIONAL anti-knife campaign spearheaded by an Oswestry firm has officially launched today (Friday).

The British Ironwork Centre’s ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ initiative was unveiled in Birmingham’s Perry Barr on Friday with the launch of the first official campaign knife bank.

Specially designed for the city, the bespoke bank was unveiled by several mothers who have lost children through knife crime, including Lisa McNeil, whose son Danny Jones was stabbed in Oswestry in April, last year.

BIC chairman Clive Knowles said several weapons had been donated ahead of the official launch, adding: “We have been reassured by the positive response to our campaign which really seems to have resonated with the people of Shropshire and the general public at large. Many people seem to be genuinely concerned about knife crime and making the streets a safer place for everyone in our communities.”

Created by BIC sculptor Alfie Bradley at the BIC base in Aston, near Oswestry, the bank and others like it around the UK will be used to encourage young people to surrender their weapons. These will then be used to create a giant 15 to 24-foot angel statue in memory of those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

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