Cheltenham's Banksy wins backing for listed status

Cheltenham Borough Council has voted to apply for listed status for the graffiti, Spybooth, by Bristol urban artist Banksy. It will not cover the phone box at the centre of the installation.

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Council investigates work on Banksy house

The future of the Cheltenham Banksy is still in the balance Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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