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Banksy mural fenced off ahead of Grade II listing hearing

A security fence has been erected around Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork two weeks ahead of a ruling on granting it listed status.

Workers from Cheltenham Borough Council erected the protective fencing around the mural which depicts three 1950s agents using devices to tap into conversations at a telephone box.

Banksy's 'Spy Booth' graffiti near GCHQ in Cheltenham Credit: Reuters

The application for listed status will be considered by the council's planning committee on February 19.

If approved, the painting could be made untouchable, including the phone box and satellite dish that give the mural context.

The artwork appeared last April in Fairview Road, just a few miles from the UK's surveillance network GCHQ.

Two months later, the owners of the house claimed the artwork had been sold and workmen arrived to remove it.

But work was ordered to stop when a community group - backed by local millionaire Hekmat Kaveh - applied for it to be included into the building's Grade II* listed status.

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