'Banksy' spying artwork appears in Cheltenham close to GCHQ

The graffiti depicts figures in sunglasses and trench coats listening in on calls. Credit: SWNS

A Banksy-esque mural showing shady agents eavesdropping on a telephone box has appeared on a street in Cheltenham, close to the Government's surveillance headquarters.

Locals waking on Sunday morning to find the street art on their doorstep soon began tweeting photos of the work and proclaiming it a Banksy, although the elusive artist has not yet claimed or denied that the graffiti is his:

The piece appeared three miles from GCHQ, home of the Government's spying network, leading many to speculate that the artist is taking a swipe at the UK's intelligence-gathering methods.

In a statement, GCHQ said:

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