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Banksy’s Valentine’s Day mural in Bristol vandalised within 48 hours

The Independent logo The Independent 15/02/2020 Peter Stubley
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A Valentine’s Day mural by street artist Banksy has been vandalised.

The artwork, which was first spotted on the side of a building in Bristol on Thursday, showed a young girl firing a slingshot.

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Banksy confirmed he was behind the piece by posting a photograph on his official Instagram account and website on Friday morning.

However, a picture shared on social media hours later showed the words “BCC W***ERS” had been scrawled in pink across the artwork.

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The graffiti appears to be a reference to Bristol City Council.

One local resident who spotted the vandalism responded: “It’s a real shame, but it was always going to happen, unfortunately.”

NOTE IMAGE CONTAINS SWEAR WORD A Banksy work of art on the side of a house on Marsh Lane, Barton Hill, Bristol, which has been vandalised with pink spray paint, the day after it was confirmed on Valentine's Day. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images NOTE IMAGE CONTAINS SWEAR WORD A Banksy work of art on the side of a house on Marsh Lane, Barton Hill, Bristol, which has been vandalised with pink spray paint, the day after it was confirmed on Valentine's Day. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)

Kelly Woodruff, the daughter of Edwin Simons, who owns the rented home on which the artwork appeared, had earlier expressed concern at the potential for Storm Dennis to damage it.

In December Banksy created a modified nativity scene at a hotel in Bethlehem, depicting Jesus’ manger in front of the separation barrier in Israel.

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