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In pictures: Banksy vandalised

Banksy's Mild Mild West

Banksy's famous Mild Mild West mural on Stokes Croft in Bristol has been vandalised.

Banksy's Mild Mild West

The damage took place overnight from Sunday to Monday when red paint was thrown over it.

Banksy's Mild Mild West

Up-close the damage is clear - the mural was voted as the city's favourite 'alternative landmark' in a recent BBC poll.

Banksy's Mild Mild West

Planning permission was in place for a glass-fronted atrium to cover Mild Mild West.

Banksy's Mild Mild West

Guerrilla artist Banksy has a huge following in the city, and his work has recently sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Two artists from the Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft work to clean off the paint on Monday.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The paint used was water-based, so the artists were able to work at removing it from the mural.

Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft says that Stokes Croft 'boasts more honesty, beauty and truth than any other part of the city.'

Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft says it is 'determined to safeguard the unique character of the area.'




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