Banksy confirms he is behind spy artwork near GCHQ

Street artist Banksy has confirmed he is behind the artwork which shows shady agents eavesdropping around a telephone box on a street in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The piece appeared three miles from GCHQ, home of the Government's spying network, leading many to speculate that the artist is taking a swipe at the UK's intelligence-gathering methods.

The graffiti depicts figures in sunglasses and trench coats listening in on calls
The graffiti depicts figures in sunglasses and trench coats listening in on calls. Credit: SWNS

The mural shows three 1950s-style agents, wearing brown trench coats and trilby hats, using devices to tap into conversations at a telephone box.

The Bristol artist did not officially confirm the piece at the time but claimed responsibility during a question and answer session on his website.

Banksy was asked four questions on his website, including, "Did you paint the spies in Cheltenham?" to which he replied: "Yes".

In reply to another question the artist said the worst thing about street art is: "Having to make your mistakes in public".

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