OSWESTRY'S Knife Angel is already making a big impression during its stay in Liverpool.

The eye-catching statue, which stands 27ft tall, is set to remain next to the Anglican Cathedral until January 31.

The next location to host the sculpture on its UK tour will be Hull, where it is hoped it will reside outside Hull Minster.

Joanne Jones, of the British Ironworks Centre, where the Knife Angel is based, praised the welcome Liverpool has given the work.

She said: "With the incredible help from Everton Football Club, the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the cathedral itself, Liverpool have pulled out all the stops to ensure that our National Monument against Violence and Aggression gets all of the limelight that it deserves.

"By surrounding the towering sculpture with uplighters, the angel can be viewed for 24 hours every single day, meaning that everyone within the city and beyond have the same opportunity to be inspired by the piece."

The cathedral has arranged for several evening services to take place during their hosting period, where the angel – which was created by Alfie Bradley – and its anti-knife crime important message will be at the forefront.

"We hope that these services will not only educate all attendees about the extreme blight of knife crime in the UK, but also raise awareness about the effects of these crimes on all the perpetrators, victims, and families involved," Joanne added.

"The sheer volume of people that have visited these services already has been truly jaw-dropping for us. The Knife Angel is finally able to reach out its hands to more of the nation, where it can raise the awareness necessary to make very important changes surrounding not only knife crime, but all forms of violent behaviours. Liverpool have truly sparked the ignition in terms of helping the Knife Angel to reach its full potential, and we hope that many more cities will follow their lead."