ON Wednesday 29 June 2022, community representatives, local partners and the authorities came together to celebrate the impact of the Knife Angel’s visit to the town during June, in a closing ceremony held at Canolfan Arad Goch.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, working alongside Dyfed-Powys Police, Aberystwyth Town Council and Ceredigion County Council bought the Knife Angel to Llys y Brenin square, Aberystwyth at the beginning of June, where it stood for four weeks as a physical reminder of the effects of violence and aggression.
Key prevention, anti-violence and anti-aggression messages have been shared with the local community during the month through a programme of various educational and awareness workshops run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dyfed-Powys Police and local organisations and charities.
During the closing ceremony on 29th of June, Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn presented partners with a certificate to acknowledge their support in promoting key anti-violence behaviour and aggression messages during the month.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said: “The Knife Angel is a reminder of the devastating impact of knife crime, and any form of violence and aggression has on families and communities.
“We have had hundreds of people travelling to see the iconic and inspirational sculpture during the month and involving themselves in the activities and events that have taken place as part of it’s visit to the town.
“Prevention of crime and diversion away from crime is essential. We hope that the Knife Angel will have a lasting effect on the local community in Aberystwyth and I am confident that it has created a widespread intolerance to violent behaviour within our communities.
“The feedback has been fantastic, and it was great to be able to acknowledge and thank all partners who have supported us during the month at the closing ceremony, and present them each with a certificate – diolch!”
Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent for Ceredigion, Ross Evans, said, “We are proud to have had the opportunity to host the Knife Angel in Aberystwyth this year. Although we don’t consider that we have a knife crime problem in the county, we are keen to keep it that way. The Angel has the ability to draw people in and take a moment to reflect which is quite powerful. This has helped us to start many positive conversations with people about policing and public safety. I believe it has helped us to increase the trust and confidence in your local police and partner agencies. I would like to thank everyone in the town for their support during the month. Thanks also to the sculptors and the Police & Crime Commissioner”.
Zoe Monk, who is an officer within the INTACT team, which is Dyfed Powys Police’s programme tackling Serious Violence and Organised Crime, said: “The closing ceremony was a celebration of the success of the Knife Angel engagement while in the Aberystwyth area. It has been a huge asset locally while in situ in the town which was celebrated with the different agencies and partners involved to help support our communities.
The success of the engagement was highlighted in the closing ceremony and was a lovely finish to an inspiring and educational four weeks hosting the Knife Angel – Bendigedig!”