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Has Banksy landed in Gloucestershire? Cheltenham homeowner finds artwork on side of house

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Is this work in Cheltenham by world famous street artist Banksy?

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It looks as though celebrated street artist Banksy may have been in Gloucestershire this weekend.

Images of this wall art have appeared on website streetartnews.net,claiming the images on the wall surrounding a public telephone box in Hewlett Road, Cheltenham were put up early on Sunday morning.

They are on the side of a house there and it's believed it is the work of the world famous artist, from Bristol.

Streetartnews said: "At the break of dawn, the British street artist showed up with a maintenance van and covered all the sides with tarpaulin to execute his new stencil.

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"This piece is showing three government secret agents quietly spying on various phone conversations. Quite a strong statement against the recent privacy issues we experienced this past year with the NSA and such.

"Banksy didn't pick Cheltenham randomly as the city is home of the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

"While not officially confirmed by his website, this piece has has all the Banksy characteristics in narrative, style and execution."

A GCHQ spokesperson told the BBC: "This is the first time we have ever been asked to comment on art.

"Although we are not qualified critics, we are as intrigued as the rest of the residents of Cheltenham about the appearance of the mysterious artwork.

"For those who are interested, our website gives a glimpse of what modern-day intelligence operatives are really like, although some may be disappointed by the lack of trench coats and dark glasses."

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  • aarontuckwell  |  April 15 2014, 12:01AM

    Taylke - I agree whole heartedly with the sentiment you are making there and agree with the point in principle, however now that the painting has just increased the value of said house by anything up to £750,000 - I don't think the residents will be complaining too quickly

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  • taylke  |  April 14 2014, 7:39PM

    If it was done without the property owner's knowledge or consent it is criminal damage and he should be prosecuted if caught. I don't have any particular problem with the content, just doing it illegally.

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  • Richardburton  |  April 14 2014, 6:33PM

    I love Banksy's stuff.. It has a message and it's always understandable ,Banksy get your stencils and come to Gloucester we are in the news(a sporting event) Would love to see that! Please.

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  • wsjd2003  |  April 14 2014, 5:19PM

    Somebody needs to remove those weeds, looks a right mess.

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 14 2014, 4:59PM

    If Robin Gunningham does turn up an arrest might well be made. He has to face numerous charges of criminal damage to be brought besides this one.

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  • jas37  |  April 14 2014, 7:51AM

    Could it be true that Banksy will be at visiting the Arts event at Gloucester Docks this weekend? Apparently he is a good friend of one of the local Street Artists who's taking part. As we don't know what he looks like I suppose we wont be sure until after the Artwork is finished. Interesting rumour though- only time will tell. ,

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  • ZFPhoto  |  April 13 2014, 9:15PM
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