Police recover stolen Banksy art

Police photograph of stolen Banksy Credit: PA

An original piece of artwork by graffiti artist Banksy has been recovered by police after an Essex art dealer alerted officers to an alleged fraud, Scotland Yard said.

The original of Wrong War by the artist and a signed print of No Ball Games were bought for £12,990 last month.

But two weeks after delivering the artworks to a customer in London, the art dealer was informed cards used to buy the images did not have the authorisation of the cardholders.

Both payments were cancelled and refunded to the cardholder, leaving the dealer in Essex without the pictures or cash.

A 25-year-old man at an address in Plumstead on February 8. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.