Surrendered knives put to positive use

DCI Paul Fountain and sculptor Alfie Bradley.
DCI Paul Fountain and sculptor Alfie Bradley.

A massive haul of knives handed in during the West Yorkshire weapons surrender are being put to positive use to remember the victims of knife crime.

Over 150 knives and swords were taken off the streets during the 10-day weapons surrender held across the county in November last year.

And now they are being returned to the community to form part of a statue being sculpted by Alfie Bradley as part of the Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign that will represent love and hope and honour people that have lost their lives to knife and street crime.

Det Chief Insp Paul Fountain of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “The response we had during the weapons surrender was fantastic with a total of 154 knives and other weapons surrendered as well as 96 guns. Those guns and knives can now never be used for criminal activity or to hurt or at worse kill someone.

“I am delighted that the knives and other bladed instruments will now be put to good use in something that benefits the whole community.

“The weapons will be dealt with securely until they are ready to be sculpted into the statue.”

Clive Knowles Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire, the organisation behind the Save a Life Surrender Your Knife, said: “Without West Yorkshire’s positive support this National memorial Statue could never be created, its Police forces like West Yorkshire that we owe our gratitude too.

“We will be forwarding an official invitation to West Yorkshire Police, to visit and symbolically weld a knife on to the statue, thus ensuring West Yorkshire is always remembered as part of this unique and historic project.”