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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

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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
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