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Youth club asks for donations to see new Banksy

A youth club leader has removed a Banksy mural hours after it was located to central Bristol. Mobile Lovers was posted to the street artist's website on Monday but its location was not disclosed.

A notice sits where the latest officially confirmed Banksy artwork Mobile Lovers was Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Dennis Stinchcombe, the leader of the Broad Plain & Riverside Youth Project, whose property is where the Banksy was found, said: "I was approached by somebody who knows Banksy very well.

"We need £120,000 to keep going and our fundraising appeal has so far only brought a few thousand pounds. Now we've ended up with a Banksy on our doorstep. It is a dream come true. I'm absolutely buzzing.

"If anyone wants to see it they can come in here and put a donation in the box if they feel like it."

Banksy piece removed hours after being located

A Banksy artwork has been removed from the wall it was screwed to - just hours after it was tracked to a location in central Bristol.

The Banksy piece Mobile Lovers was removed soon after the location was tracked down Credit: ITV News/ Faye Barker

Mobile Lovers was posted to the celebrated street artist's website on Monday but its whereabouts was not disclosed. It was later tracked down to Clement Street.

But at 4pm, a group of men from the financially struggling Broad Plain & Riverside Youth Project - situated just beside the piece - used crowbars to remove it.

A sign appeared on the boarded up doorway stating: "NOTICE: The new Banksy piece is being held by our club to prevent any vandalism being done. You are free to come and view but a small donation will be asked of you. Thanks."

Dennis Stinchcombe MBE, 58, leader of the youth project, said he had been urged to take the piece by a friend of Banksy.

Read: Mystery Banksy piece located in central Bristol

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JK Rowling to write match reports for Quidditch

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is turning sports writer to pen a series of match reports from the fictional Quidditch World Cup.

The writer's fans will be able to read regular updates from the tournament, which first featured in her books about the teenage wizard, on the Pottermore website.

JK Rowling to write match reports for the fictional Quidditch World Cup Credit: PA

Quidditch - a fictional sport played by the student wizards on flying broomsticks in the best-selling books - is so popular with fans that they have adapted a version of the game that can really be played. Characters from the books are expected to feature in the reports.

Mystery Banksy piece located in central Bristol

A mystery piece by Banksy that appeared online yesterday has been found by ITV News.

The mural, which would be Banksy's first official work since his New York 'residency' last year, depicts a couple embracing while looking over each other's shoulders at their phones.

The piece is thought to be on Clement Street, just off the M32, and next to the entrance of Broad Plain Boys' Club in central Bristol.

The mural has been dubbed 'Mobile Lovers' on some street art blogs Credit: ITV News/ Faye Barker
The location of the artwork was kept a secret. Credit: ITV News/ Faye Barker

Read: Can you find Banksy's latest work?

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Britain's Got Talent scores highest rating launch episode

Britain's Got Talent scored its highest rating launch episode ever with 11.1 million viewers, ITV said.

Boyband Collabro impressed the judges on last night's Britain's Got Talent Credit: Britain's Got Talent

The previous highest audience for a BGT launch show was in 2010, when the opening episode attracted 10.6 million viewers.

The audience to last night's series opener peaked at 12.3 million viewers and boasted a 47% share.

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said: "The fantastic overnight figures show that Britain's Got Talent is event television, and we're delighted that so many viewers tuned to last night's launch episode, on what was a strong night for ITV."

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