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Council could protect Cheltenham's possible "Banksy"

The Director of Commissioning at Cheltenham Borough Council says an artwork depicting secret agents listening in to a phone box could be protected with the landlord's permission.

The council cannot condone graffiti which is put onto people's property without their permission. However, we recognise that the public do see work by Banksy as significant pieces of public art and it is clear that this piece has been getting a huge amount of favourable attention.

It would be a shame if it was removed or damaged.

As the artwork is on private property, it is the for the property owner to decide whether they would want it to be kept - they would need to consider the impact this may have on the residents of the property and the wider community.

Although we still do not know if it is original work by Banksy, given the public interest, we would be happy to help the owner find a solution which would protect it from tagging or other graffiti.

– Jane Griffiths, Director of Commissioning at Cheltenham Borough Council

GCHQ comment after Cheltenham graffiti artwork

GCHQ in Cheltenham have released a statement after graffiti, possibly a banksy piece appeared on a wall near their offices.

"This is the first time we have ever been asked to comment on art."

"Although we are not qualified critics, we are as intrigued as the rest of the residents of Cheltenham about the appearance of the mysterious artwork."

"For those who are interested, our website (www.gchq.gov.uk) gives a glimpse of what modern day intelligence operatives are really like, although some may be disappointed by the lack of trench coats and dark glasses."

– A spokesman for GCHQ

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NY Police search for Banksy

NY Police search for Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country

Police in New York are still trying to find Bristol graffiti artist Bansky for defacing public property. He's just unveiled his latest art work in The City and hundreds of admirers have been queueing to see it.

At least 18 murals have appeared so far. The mayor has said his acts shouldn't be tolerated but the pictures still keep appearing and Bansky's nowhere to be found!

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Banksy reveals new Staten Island video artwork

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.

Banksy reveals new artwork in New York. Credit: Youtube/ Banksy NY

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."

Warning: Graphic content - Watch the video here.

Read more: NYPD 'hunt' artist Banksy

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