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Council will do its best to protect the new Banksy

You can clearly see the paint splatter on "Girl with a pierced eardrum" Credit: ITV News

Bristol City Council has revealed that it owns the building in Hanover Place where the new Banksy, known as "Girl with a pierced eardrum" has appeared.

It has released a statement saying that it will try to protect the mural, which has already been vandalised by someone daubing paint on it.

I can confirm that the building does belong to Bristol City Council although it is leased to private tenants. We will consider the options available to protect the Banksy and will work with the tenants of the building as appropriate.

– Bristol City Council spokesman

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Appeal to help find missing woman from Dorchester

Joan Davis was last seen at her home last night Credit: Dorset Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing woman from Dorchester.

Joan Davis, aged 66, was last seen at her home address along St. Helens Road last night but was reported missing today, Wednesday 21 October 2014.

Joan is described as white, with short grey hair and of medium build and normally wears glasses. She may be wearing denim jeans.

“Concern is increasing for Joan as we believe that she has been upset recently. A thorough search is being carried out in the local area with assistance of the National Police Air Service helicopter. She doesn’t have a car so may be travelling on foot or public transport. We are now becoming very worried for her safety and I urge her to get in touch as soon as possible – we simply need to know that she is safe and well."

– Incident Inspector Roger Robinson

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Viewers' comments on defaced Bristol Banksy

The vandalised Banksy this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Banksy generously gives our city his world renowned art yet these morons choose to damage it for no reason other than vandalism

– Carol Kingscott on Facebook

Surely if someone finds it that offensive they can report it to the council for cleaning off rather than vandalising and spoiling it for others who enjoy it. Probably the same idiots who vandalised the gromits around Bristol!

– Sarah Smith on Facebook

From the little I know of Banksy, he only paints pictures which are ''acceptable'' to the masses rather than Graffiti which is usually abhored by the masses. Why someone would want to destroy any of his works, is beyond me. Jealousy, perhaps?

– Matt Mitchell on Facebook
The paint on the wall at Bristol docks Credit: ITV News West Country

I think Banksy's work makes dull places look interesting, plus seeing as he is known globally, I'm sure he has helped to bring in extra tourism and that can't be a bad thing. I'd be quite proud if we had a Banksy on one of our buildings in Okehampton. Throwing paint over his work is just somebodies angry jealousy getting the better of them!

– Caitlynne Reddington on Facebook

GCHQ head denies "mass surveillance"

GCHQ at Cheltenham Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The outgoing head of GCHQ, the Government listening centre at Cheltenham, has issued an impassioned defence of its work, insisting it did not engage in "anything remotely resembling mass surveillance".

Sir Iain Lobban, who retires later this month after six years in charge, used his valedictory address to pay tribute to his staff, some of whom he said had made "the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty" - although he gave no further details.

After a tumultuous year overshadowed by the disclosures of the former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden, he insisted GCHQ was committed to the protection of the public from "the plotters, the proliferators and the paedophiles" who exploited the "darkest places" of the internet.

While he acknowledged that tracking down perpetrators online meant accessing the internet "at scale", he said that his organisation was committed to delivering security while protecting privacy "to the greatest extent possible".

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