A special recognition award has been given to the British Ironwork Centre by Staffordshire Police for their efforts to remove knives from the streets of the county.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan presented the Ironwork Centre's chairman, Clive Knowles, with the award for their work with the force to prevent people from carrying and using knives.
Last year the force ran a Knife Amnesty that saw around 1,100 knives handed in across the county. The Ironwork Centre donated the knife bins used to collect the knives and then used them to make a spectacular sculpture called the Knife Angel. This sculpture is an imposing piece of art made solely of blunted knives and towers an incredible 27ft tall.
The Ironwork Centre continues to support Staffordshire Police in 2017, again donating the knife bins and using the knives to create a large base for the Knife Angel to stand on. The centre are hoping to get the sculpture placed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London. To do this they need to reach 100,000 signatures on their petition and then the idea will be presented for debate in Parliament.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: "The prevention of crime is one of our most important strategic objectives and so projects like the Knife Amnesty are of incredible value to us. If we can stop someone making the wrong decision early in their life then all sorts of bad situations can be avoided and hopefully police resources can be directed elsewhere.
"During last year's amnesty we saw a drop in knife crime of 18% and working with partners like the British Ironwork Centre hopefully we can buck the national trend and continue to reduce knife crime in the months and years to come."
Clive Knowles, chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, said: "We have worked hard over 2 years to create what is now known as ‘The National Monument against Violence and Aggression'. Working alongside all 43 police forces we have removed over 100,000 knives off the streets of the UK. We are now increasing our efforts to remove a quarter of a million knives and weapons off the UK streets.