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MP calls for urgent inquiry after iconic Banksy mural torn down

A general view of the Banksy mural which targets the issue of Government surveillance that was vandalised. Photo: PA

An MP has called for an urgent inquiry after an iconic Banksy mural was torn down - as some sources claim it has been destroyed.

The 'Spy Booth' artwork, which appeared in 2014, was removed by a man with a power drill on Saturday (20 August). Outraged Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, has called for an urgent inquiry following news of its destruction.

The Spy Booth mural pictured three 1950s-style spy agents wearing trilby hats and trench coats, using devices to tap into phonecalls at a telephone box.

Credit: Phil Jenkins

The fate of the mural - which is protected by law after council planners agreed to grant it retrospective planning permission last year - is not yet known.

But Louise Price, the partner of David Possee, who owns the house it was painted on, said she believes it has been destroyed.

It is all on the floor. I would be inclined to say that it hasn't just been removed. David is meeting with Cheltenham Borough Council and they may release a joint statement.

– Louise Price, partner of owner of the house
This is a picture of the wall now, following the mural's removal. Credit: ITV West Country

Witnesses claim 'Spy Booth' was destroyed while being removed on Saturday - but the real-life phone box it is painted around is still there.

Tarpaulin was put up around the mural and a man with a power drill was spotted at the scene. This video posted by Twitter user Paul Norris, appears to show the moment it was taken down.

Cheltenham Borough Council is aware of the recent development affecting 159 Fairview Road which includes the Banksy Spy Booth artwork.

We are currently investigating the situation and are in conversation with the owner.

– Cheltenham Borough Council

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