An art piece by Banksy in Birmingham has been defaced within hours of being unveiled.

The artwork of reindeer pulling a bench has been defaced by someone who has spray painted red noses on the reindeer.

The artwork was unveiled yesterday (December 9) after Banksy posted a video on his Instagram Credit: BPM Media

The artwork on homelessness, which can be found on Vyse Street, in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, was unveiled yesterday (December 9) after Banksy posted a video on his Instagram.

The video showed a rough sleeper on a bench and graffitied reindeer on the wall next to him, which appeared as if they are pulling him and the bench along.

Some of the additions to the artwork have been cleaned up - as there's now only one clear red nose on the reindeer, and not two.

The incident reportedly happened at around 5pm yesterday (December 9).

Darren Hawkins, who said he was the last person to be pictured on the bench before it was defaced, said people 'begged the man not to do it.'

The incident reportedly happened at around 5pm yesterday (December 9) Credit: BPM Media

"This guy was there with a tin of red spray paint in his hand. He kept asking saying: 'Shall I tag it?"

Darren Hawkins

Banksy's artwork has now been enclosed in a perspex box as a result of the defacing.

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