THE famous knife angel sculpture will be coming to North Wales this summer to continue raising awareness of violent behaviour.

The sculpture will be welcomed to Wrexham town centre in July 2020 following a meeting with Terry Evans and Mark Pritchard of Wrexham Council.

The pair have shown 'great interest and determination' in getting the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression to the town for the full month, where it is set to take pride of place in the town centre.

Here, the Angel will greatly benefit the town’s youth by raising awareness over the negative effects that violent behaviour has on the community

The Maddocks and McNeil families, both from the Wrexham area, were the first to step forward during the Knife Angel’s creation to provide local support and encouragement through the ‘Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife’ campaign.

In 2013, Craig Maddocks was brutally attacked in a Wrexham pub and, in the same year, Lisa McNeil’s son, Danny Jones, was fatally stabbed in Oswestry.

Carrying Craig and Danny’s stories with them, both families highlighted the reasoning behind creating the monument and its coinciding message against all forms of violence.

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As with all other host locations, Wrexham will be completely committed to using the Angel to conduct 28-days of intensive educational programmes and workshops for their young people throughout its stay there.

Host locations are asked to utilise the Angel as a point of tuition in order to ignite conversation over difficult subjects surrounding aggressive behaviour, carrying weaponry, and using violence as a resource for addressing problems.

Following Newtown’s success with their campaign, Wrexham will also be committed to deputising a minimum of 10,000 children and young people into becoming ‘Anti-Violence Champions’.

Additionally, Wrexham will be provided with a knife bank during the Angel’s stay. Following their hosting period, all blades collected through this amnesty will be handed back to Black Country Metal Works by the North Wales Police and will be used to create and continue the Angel’s legacy within Wales.

A spokesman for Black Country Metal Works said: "We are currently in the process of mocking up these designs with consideration of the Welsh dragon and other imagery synonymous with Wales.

"With the Ironworks being so close to the North Wales border, Wrexham has a very special place in our hearts. Tens of thousands of our members and visitors are from the Wrexham area and many have watched the Knife Angel’s journey since before its creation even began.

"For the town’s residents to see the Angel within their own community is truly exciting and we can’t wait to see how they utilise the monument to benefit their region whilst creating the social change necessary to turn the tide on violence and aggression."