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Anonymous donor offers £10,000 to save Banksy

An anonymous business owner has donated £10,000 to keep Banksy's Spy Booth in Cheltenham.

The Woman's Business Club, who are leading the campaign to buy the art, say it was donated on the condition that other businesses in Cheltenham match the donation.

The group want to buy the art and the property and turn it into a museum to look at the history of GCHQ. A domain name for the venture has already been registered at www.thespycentre.co.uk.

Spy Booth has been boarded up and could be sold to a private collector Credit: ITV News West Country

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CCTV images of Cheltenham robbery

Police want to identify these men Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police investigating a robbery at a Cheltenham department store have released CCTV images of two vehicles and four men in connection with the crime.

The incident happened at Cavendish House on the Promenade in the town between midnight and 4am on Wednesday June 11.

Unknown offenders forced entry to the store via County Court Road. Once inside a number of high value items were taken.

Police are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen the silver saloon vehicle and a dark coloured van in the area at the time.

Do you recognise this van ? Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Funds not found to save Cheltenham's Banksy

Business woman Angela De Souza says they have not come up with the funds they need to save the Banksy spies mural for Cheltenham.

They need;

  • £100,000 by midnight tonight as a deposit
  • £550,000 within 10 days
  • £100,000 of community funds within 3 months
  • £250,000 for purchase of the house

She was hoping to turn the whole house into The Spy Centre.

it would be a satellite museum to the history and importance of GCHQ and its part in the security of our nation from Bletchley Park to Drone control in the middle east, including the Edward Snowden debate and Julian Assange.

– Angela De Souza

But unless there's a sudden windfall, it looks like the plans may be on hold and the Banksy could be sold off.

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Cheltenham now likely to lose it's Banksy

The Cheltenham Banksy could still be moved and sold.

It now seems the local community hasn't reached the target to buy the artwork to keep it in the town.

A lot of people became very upset when they heard the spy booth painting might be be removed, after scaffolding was put up around it last week. Today our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin spoke with a London art dealer who's at the centre of the story.

Future of Cheltenham Banksy still a mystery

Locals are campaigning to save the Cheltenham Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country

There's still uncertainty about what is happening to to Banksy artwork in Cheltenham.

It depicts 1950 style spies, and is in the same town as the government listening base GCHQ.

A London art gallery owner says that it was going to be displayed there but now there could be a deal to keep it in Cheltenham. Local businesswoman Angela De Souza has been trying to raise over a million pounds to keep it in the town.

A quick peek through the hoardings in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News West Country
Placards surround the boarded up Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country
Protestors notes on the boarded up Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country
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