Plans to move an anti-knife crime sculpture created from more than 100,000 surrendered blades have been put on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The 20ft-high Knife Angel, which was created at Oswestry's British Ironwork Centre, has been on show in Telford during March as part of a UK tour, and was due to be moved to Wolverhampton city centre for display throughout April.

However, with residents and businesses ordered to follow social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, it has been decided to postpone the visit.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Clearly, it was not going to be possible to bring the Knife Angel to Wolverhampton as planned this month given the current national emergency and the social distancing measures which individuals and families are required to follow at this present time.

"Right now, everyone must concentrate their efforts on helping the country deal with the national coronavirus emergency, and that means staying home, protecting the NHS and saving lives."

The sculpture was created during a two-year project beginning in 2015 and the 4.5-tonne item has previously been displayed in cities including Derby, Birmingham, Coventry, Hull and Liverpool.