The Knife Angel

The Knife Angel is a national monument against violence and aggression and aims to show the impact knife crime has on people's lives.

More than 900 serious crimes involving knives were recorded in Merseyside last year.

The 27-foot sculpture is made up of more than 100,000 weapons confiscated from 43 police forces across the country and was created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire.

It took over a year to build the Knife Angel after permission was granted by the Home Office to collect the knives.

Rob Jackson, a nurse at the Royal who has spent years educating young people in schools about the dangers of knives was instrumental in getting the sculpture to Liverpool . Rob contacted Clive Knowles CEO of the British Ironworks Centre. Rob said "We’re hoping that by bringing the Knife Angel to Liverpool Cathedral it opens the debate about knife crime and its impact.

It will be outside Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral over Christmas until January 31, 2019.