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Police investigating offer of limited edition Banksy print for anti-Tory votes

Police have confirmed they are looking into the offer of a free Banksy print in exchange for voting a certain way.

The graffiti artist is offering voters free limited edition prints if they vote against the Conservative party.

The offer is only open to those living in six constituencies - Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood and Filton.

But, following "a number of complaints" to police, Avon and Somerset have said they are now investigating.

It is a criminal offence for any voter to accept or agree to accept a gift or similar in return for voting, or refraining from voting.

Any person participating in an offer to receive a gift is at risk of being prosecuted.

– Avon and Somerset Police

Council ordered Banksy home owner to carry out 'urgent works'

Cheltenham Borough Council has said the authority had ordered the owner to carry out "urgent works" on the house.

They were designed to stop further deterioration of the listed building, make it weatherproof and stop the risk of falling render.

Mark Nelson, enforcement manager at the Borough Council, said removing any pieces would be classed as a criminal offence.

All that's left of the Banksy mural Credit: ITV West Country

We have endeavoured to protect the Banksy as much as possible and to this end the notice required the owner to have due regard for the Banksy mural whilst works were being undertaken.

We were aware of loose render on that part of the building where this was situated but the extent and how far it would affect the mural was unknown until work progressed.

The owner has left pieces of the render with attached Banksy Spy Booth mural on it with the council whilst investigations are continuing.

We would advise anyone against removing any further pieces from the location as this may be classed as a criminal offence.

Until the investigation is complete we are unable to say what if any further action will be taken.

– Mark Nelson, enforcement manager at Cheltenham Borough Council


No 'Happyland' return for Banksy to Weston

Dismaland drew the crowds to Weston-super-Mare during August and September 2015 Credit: PA

Hopes that the elusive urban artist Banksy might be returning to Weston-super-Mare have been dashed after the council denied any such rumours.

The Bristol artist pulled in the crowds in August and September 2016 with his antidote to theme parks, Dismaland, which he built in the former Tropicana on the seafront.

A Facebook group has claimed that he would be returning to the same venue with Happyland - in contrast to the miserable set up which proved so popular with visitors of all ages.

But any speculation has been quashed by North Somerset Council which says lots of events are planned for the Tropicana over the summer but none of them are Banksy's

The Tropicana is hosting a range of events... but not one organised by Banksy Credit: ITV News

Banksy painted SWAT van goes under the hammer

A SWAT van painted by Banksy could fetch up to £300,000 at auction.

The second hand van has distinctive graffiti stencils and mysteriously disappeared after it was the centrepiece of the Bristol artist's debut US show in 2006.

It depicts heavily armed Special Forces agents being hoodwinked by a small boy on one side, while Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz amidst a sea of graffiti tags is on the other.

Credit: Bonhams

It was shown in an industrial warehouse in downtown Los Angeles as part of the show which also featured a live elephant, painted red and gold.

The eccentric show was attended by A-list celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Dennis Hopper and was credited with kickstarting his rise to international fame.

Previous work by the mysterious artist has sold for up to half a million pounds.

The van has now resurfaced and is to be auctioned at Bonhams with an estimate of £200,00 to £300,000.

All of Banksy is on show here: his bravado, his imagination, his technical prowess, his confidence and his willingness to put his head above the parapet and use truth as a weapon.

– Ralph Taylor, Senior Director of Bonhams Post-War and Contemporary Art department

The auction takes place at New Bond Street on June 24.

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