Blades taken to ironworks for artwork meltdown

Assistant chief constable Mick Stamper
Assistant chief constable Mick Stamper

Knuckle-dusters, samurai swords and flick knives were among more than 200 knives taken to the British Ironworks Centre this week to be melted down and moulded into a memorial statue.

Officers took the knives - surrendered by the public - to the centre in Oswestry, Shropshire, where they will be melted down at temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Northants Police have given knives handed in during a knife amnesty to the British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire

Northants Police have given knives handed in during a knife amnesty to the British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire

Artists will then use the metal to create an angel statue in Trafalgar Square in memory of those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

Assistant chief constable Mick Stamper, who oversaw the month-long amnesty, said: “Thankfully we do not have a big knife crime problem in Northants but nevertheless every one recovered prevents a possible tragedy.”