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.
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.
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.
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Graffiti artist Banksy has re-worked his famous 'Balloon Girl' to mark the third anniversary of the Syria conflict.
On his website, Banksy writes of an incident in the Syrian town of Daraa on March 6, 2001, in which 15 children were arrested and tortured for painting "anti-authoritarian graffiti".
It goes on: "The protests that followed their detention led to an outbreak of violence across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes."
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An oil painting that has been altered by Banksy has sold for $615,000.
The Bristol-based artist painted a Nazi figure on to an oil painting he bought from a New York charity shop.
After changing the canvas, he handed it back to the shop, where was auctioned.
Banksy called the work The banality of the banality of evil.
It depicts a Nazi officer looking out onto a lake.
Elusive graffiti artist Banksy has revealed his latest installation in the form of a video, as he continues to evade New York authorities. The 30 second clip shows ants on a mound, filmed in Staten Island, but could be seen as too inappropriate to display.
The mysterious Banksy is calling his month in New York his "Better Out Than In" residency.
Among his works so far: the image of a Ronald McDonald statue getting his red clown shoe shined, which appeared in the Bronx on Tuesday, and a livestock truck adorned with children's stuffed farm animal toys - a mobile installation Banksy calls "Sirens of the Lambs."
A new owner of an original Banksy artwork has said she has no idea what to do with the piece, according to the New York Magazine.
Cara Tabachnick, who owns the East Williamsburg building that Banksy graced with his work on Thursday asks: "Should we preserve it immediately? Do we have a public duty to do so? How does one preserve a piece of art like this? How do we control the crowds?"
So far she and her family have hired security guards to protect the piece from defacement overnight, and she is working with lawyers to try and figure out what to do next.