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Banksy's Valentine's Day mural in Bristol covered up following ‘mindless vandalism’

The elusive artist had confirmed he was behind the piece by posting two images of it on social media.

bristol-street-art The new Banksy mural on the side of a house in Bristol Ben Birchall Ben Birchall

THE FAMILY WHO own a house in Bristol, England on which a Banksy artwork appeared in time for Valentine’s Day have covered the graffiti after it was vandalised.

A picture shared on social media yesterday showed “bcc wankers” scrawled across the artwork, which shows a young girl firing a slingshot.

As a result, temporary fencing has been added and CCTV will be installed to protect it.

The elusive artist had confirmed he was behind the piece by posting two images of it on his official Instagram account and website in the early hours of Friday. 

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

On behalf of the family Woodruff said: “Due to the mindless vandalism to the artwork, the family have taken the very difficult decision to cover the artwork to try to protect it.

The family feels a strong responsibility to ensure the art is available for the enjoyment of the people of Bristol and the general public.

“All measures are temporary and we ask that the public are patient while we work out the best way to clean the damage, restore and protect it for the future so everyone can enjoy Banksy’s work.

“We hope everyone will understand that these steps are necessary.”

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

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