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Cheltenham's "Spy Booth" Banksy which has been attacked several times by vandals will be restored at a cost of £26,000.
It is estimated that the work will take six weeks and the freeholder of the building, Roger Wilson has agreed to cover the costs of the restoration in full.
A man has been questioned by council officers investigating a 'potential criminal offence' at the house where street artist Banksy painted his 'Spy Booth' mural close to GCHQ in Cheltenham, Glos.
Officials entered the house with a warrant and said they found that 'substantial work' had been carried out inside the listed building.
Roger Wilson, the business partner of the property's owner David Possee, was formally interviewed about the work that has taken place, possibly in breach of planning and listed building regulations,
The 'Spy Booth' artwork appeared in April, leading to a financial battle over whether it stays or goes - and also becoming a target of vandalism and an apparent attempted theft by a man who drilled four holes in the wall around it earlier this week.
A Banksy painted on the side of a house in Cheltenham has been vandalised for the second time in a fortnight. 'Spy Booth' appeared in April and, following a campaign by residents to keep it in the town, a local businessman stepped in to buy it.
Earlier this month it was daubed with silver spray paint, which locals were hopeful would be removed easily.
But in a fresh attack at the weekend, the protective hoarding was opened up and drill holes were made around the artwork. One resident told ITV News it was in an effort to remove the murals, possibly from the inside of the house. A local businessman who was planning to buy the piece, is also angry.
There are now fears that it will have to be taken away, to keep it safe.
The piece is thought to be worth so much money, that it has tripled the value of the property onto which it was painted. That value looks set to drop again, if the Banksy has to be removed in order to preserve it.
Work continues on a piece of Banksy artwork in Cheltenham that was defaced by with silver paint. It comes just days after a local businessman paid to keep the picture in place following a long dispute between the community and a private collector. The art has been covered up to prevent further damage and professionals will be trying to restore the work over the weekend.
A Banksy artwork in Cheltenham has been defaced by vandals, shortly after a deal was reached to stop it being sold to an American investor.
The mural, named 'Spybooth', was daubed with silver paint, and locals have since apparently tried to restore it.
Millionaire Hekmat Kaveh, who bought the piece for a reported six-figure sum a few days ago, told South West News Service that he "would much rather get the professionals onto it" and is "confident that it will come off".
Police are investigating after reports the Banksy artwork in Cheltenham has been damaged. Police have told us they were contacted around 8am and are still at the scene carrying out enquiries.