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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

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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Club receives 'death threats' after taking down a Banksy

The manager of the youth club who has laid claim to the latest Banksy artwork said yesterday he has received death threats after he "took an opportunity" to save his struggling youth service by removing the artwork.

Dennis Stinchcombe MBE, leader of struggling Broad Plain and Riverside Youth Project, said he had taken around 40 phone calls from angry street art fanatics.

The new Bristol Banksy artwork's new home in Broad Plain Boys Club. Credit: SWNS Group

He said: "People have been calling up and telling us we have no right to take it down, that it is public and we are stealing.

"People have even said they are going to come down here and sort us out, all sorts of nasty things to us. We have even had death threats."

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

He said if he hadn't taken the artwork "someone else would have and I wasn't going to let that happen".

Bristol City Council is yet to comment, and local police have not opened an investigation following the removal of the work.

CCTV films mystery men at site of latest Banksy piece

CCTV has filmed a group of mystery men installing the latest Banksy art piece in Bristol in the early hours of Sunday morning.

After arriving in a white van, the group, dressed in high visibility jackets, brought out a blue canvas and walked around the side of the van.

One man opens both the gates up at the Boys Club. Credit: SWNS Group

The new Banksy street art has been dubbed 'Mobile Lovers' in Bristol and has already been taken away by the local Boys Club to prevent vandalism - and replaced by a replica.

A man caries the blue canvas from the bag of the white van to the front. Credit: SWNS Group

Read more: Banksy artwork found in Bristol and then removed hours later

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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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?

Bristol store remains shut after jeweller's murder

The Gold Trader store at The Galleries shopping centre in Bristol has remained closed. Credit: SWNS.com

A jewellery store in Bristol owned by a British businessman shot dead at his home in Spain remained shut over the weekend following his murder.

Andrew Bush's Gold Trader store at The Galleries shopping centre had its shutters down and carried a sign confirming it had been temporarily closed.

While living in southern Spain, the 48-year-old also reportedly owned several businesses in the city, including a pawn shop, a tanning and waxing shop, a limo hire firm and a wholesalers.

Read: Millionaire jeweller murdered in ambush at his Costa del Sol home

Man charged with Bristol teen's murder

Nicholas Robinson was stabbed to death near his home in Bristol
Nicholas Robinson was stabbed to death near his home in Bristol Credit: ITV News West Country

A 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Bristol teenager Nicholas Robinson, after he was fatally stabbed earlier this week.

Luchiano Barnes, ofDenbigh Street, Bristol, was charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a fire arm, Avon and Somerset Constabulary said.

Mr Barnes has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with Mr Robinson's murder was previously released on bail until 24 April.

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