A STRIKING sculpture has been moved from Oswestry to its temporary new home in Liverpool.

The British Ironwork Centre, which is located near Oswestry, bid farewell to the Knife Angel on Thursday as it was loaded onto a lorry and transported to stand next to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral for the Christmas period.

Created by artist Alfie Bradley from more than 100,000 seized weapons and standing at 27ft tall, the sculpture took over three years to make and was created in to highlight the tragedy of knife crime and violence in the UK and beyond.

Ironworks spokesman Joanne Jones said: "We love having the Angel on site here in Shropshire and we love hearing about the impact it has on each and every visitor, but we are so excited for the sculpture to be experienced by another city.

"With our constant efforts to get the sculpture displayed in Trafalgar Square, we were completely thrilled when a campaign group from Liverpool requested to host the Angel over the Christmas period.

"We hope that it will make as much of an impact on the city of Liverpool as it has made right here in Shropshire, and we hope that it will continue to raise awareness of the knife crime that constantly and consistently plagues our nation."

The Knife Angel will return to Shropshire in the New Year, on a date yet to be announced.