A Banksy artwork that was vandalised and covered up by the council has returned to its London home after a remarkable restoration.

The 'Snorting Copper', which is now valued at £1.25 million, first appeared in Shoreditch more than a decade ago only to disappear.

It was feared lost until it was saved by two property developers.

Developers Jonathan Ellis and David Kyte bought the building on Curtain Road and cut the wall out for a closer examination.

The artwork has been put on display in Curtain Road, Shoreditch. Credit: ITV London

They tasked a specialist in Carlisle to attempt to restore it and within 16 weeks it could be enjoyed again.

It has been restored to the property's side window, secure in a reinforced case.

The wall is now secured in a reinforced case. Credit: ITV London