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Banksy work stolen piece by piece
Banksy artwork in Brick Lane
The boards were stolen gradually
A wall mural in east London by well-known graffiti artist Banksy has been all but stolen piece by piece.

The artwork in Brick Lane, which consisted of black letters stencilled onto a white background, spelled out 'to advertise here call 0800 Banksy'.

Last week thieves removed the majority of the boards in two nights.

Combining graffiti with a distinctive stencilling technique, Banksy's artwork has appeared in cities across the UK and the world.

John Brophy, who walks past the mural every day, said: "This is terrible. It cheers me up on the way to work.

"Every time I walk past it there is always someone taking photos of it. Everyone knows that area as the Banksy Bridge so I think he should come back and do it again."

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