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Youth club hopes to 'raise thousands' from Banksy art

David Stinchcombe, owner of a youth project that holds the latest Banksy, hopes to raise thousands of pounds by selling it, providing funds to help it stay open.

Dozens of people have paid to view 'Mobile Lovers' at Broad Plain & Riverside Youth Project in Bristol, which needs to raise £120,000 to survive.

A man photographs the new Banksy inside the youth club. Credit: SWNS Group

"I had to make a decision as to whether to allow it to stay there and come in today to find it gone or damaged, or be good for the community," he said.

"People can come and see it and if they want to put a donation into our 120 appeal they are most welcome.

More: Banksy artwork found in Bristol and then removed hours later

"If I can make this work for our building and our appeal then, Banksy, you've done an amazing job and what a gem you are.

A view of the latest officially confirmed Banksy artwork, named Mobile Lovers. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Mr Stinchcombe said he would seek advice as to whether to sell the piece at auction or directly to a museum or gallery.

Read more: Youth club asks for donations to see new Banksy

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Survivors of South Korea ferry disaster gather in gym

Students who were rescued from a sinking ferry in South Korea today were taken to a gym on Jindo Island, where they were met by emotional relatives.

At least four people have died and nearly 300 remain unaccounted for after the ferry, carrying mostly students, capsized off South Korea's coast.

A father hugs his daughter who was rescued from the sinking ferry. Credit: Reuters
The mother of a passenger who was on the ferry reacts after finding her son's name in the survivors list Credit: Reuters
Rescued passengers cry at a gym in Jindo, where survivors were taken today Credit: Reuters
The mother of a passenger who was on the ferry reacts as she finds her son at a gym in Jindo today Credit: Reuters

Gordon Brown to 'remain an MP', says spokesman

Former prime minster Gordon Brown "will remain" an MP, denying speculation that he could stand down in 2015, his spokesman has said.

The news came after the New Statesman magazine reported that he would stand down from the Commons at the general election next year, but Mr Brown's office said the former Labour leader remained an MP and had "no plans to make any announcement to the contrary".

Brown will continue to be a Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Since leaving No 10 Mr Brown has combined his job as a constituency MP with acting as the UN special envoy for global education.

"He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and he has no plans to make any announcement to the contrary," his spokesman said.

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Ukraine claims evidence of Russia destabilising region

Ukraine's head of counter-intelligence claimed the security service has arrested "agents" recruited by Russian security services for maximum destabilisation of the region.

"Counter-intelligence has found and ceased activity of around 40 staff members of the Russian special services as well as recruited agents from Ukrainian and Russian citizens," Vitali Nayda told a news conference.

Ukrainian soldiers sit on top of armoured personnel carriers surrounded by pro-Russian separatists.
Ukrainian soldiers sit on top of armoured personnel carriers surrounded by pro-Russian separatists. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

"Negotiations between Russian infiltrators captured by the security service of Ukraine indicate that acts of sabotage in the east of Ukraine are openly controlled by staff officers of the main intelligence administration of the Joint Staff of the Russian military," he continued.

Nadya also claimed the Russian military had been tasked with killing between 100 and 200 hundred people as a "pretext" for sending troops into the region.

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M26 Londonbound will remain closed until 8pm

The M26 Londonbound will remain closed until around 8pm tonight, according to Kent Police.

Traffic is being redirected to join the M20 at Wrotham Heath and traffic on the Coastbound side is being released past the scene.

One lane will be opened to new traffic afterwards.

Kent Police is now appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

Officers were called at 9:37am on Wednesday 16th April to a report of a multi-vehicle collision on the Londonbound carriageway of the M26, near Kemsing.

The collision involved five vehicles - two HGVs, two cars and a box van.

North Korean gripe over hair advert reaches Whitehall

Complaints from the North Korean embassy against a hair salon's poster poking fun at their leader's unusual hairstyle has reached the corridors of power in Whitehall.

The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week
The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week Credit: ITV News

The Foreign Office has confirmed it received a letter this week complaining about the picture of Kim Jong-Un which was displayed in M&M hair Academy's window in South Ealing.

The advert said: "Bad Hair Day? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April."

Staff at the west London salon were confronted by two men claiming to be North Korean officials over the marketing stunt earlier this month.

Read: Salon manager forced to destroy Kim Jong-un poster after 'scary' confrontation

Mayor of Bristol 'pretty sure' removing Banksy is 'theft'

The Mayor of Bristol said the new Banksy artwork belongs to the city council and removing it would be "stealing" as the row over the picture continues.

George Ferguson said he's "pretty sure" the removed Banksy "belongs to us" and "on the face of it would be theft".

More: Banksy artwork found in Bristol and then removed hours later

A view of the latest Banksy artwork, named Mobile Lovers Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

A police officer and a PCSO were also seen at the boy's club, but a police spokesman said: "There have been no formal reports and there is no police investigation at the moment.

"We visited in an informal capacity following media and public interest. We offered advice on crime prevention and any issues which may arise from a possible sale."

Read more: Club receives 'death threats' after taking down a Banksy

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