Banksy Spy Booth artwork in Cheltenham removed

Banksy Spy Booth artwork in Cheltenham removed

Pile of rubble at sight of Spy Booth artwork
Image caption A pile of rubble now lies beneath the wall where the Banksy artwork was

A Banksy artwork painted on the side of listed building in Cheltenham has been removed.

Spy Booth depicted 1950s-style spies “snooping” on a man in a phone box. It appeared in 2014, three miles from government listening post GCHQ.

A pile of rubble now lies on the ground below the wall of the house it was on.

The piece gained listed status last year after Cheltenham Borough Council granted it retrospective planning permission.

A social media post on Saturday appeared to show the mural being cut down behind a tarpaulin, with the sound of machinery audible.

Local people had campaigned to save the artwork, on the corner of Fairview Road and Hewlett Road, after an apparent attempt to remove it for it to be sold in July 2014.

It was later defaced with spray paint and has been vandalised several times since.

In January this year the Grade II-listed house was put for for sale.

A Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman said they had had no reports of a crime being committed.

Image copyright PA
Image caption The artwork appeared in April 2014

Image caption The Banksy was given legal protection after Cheltenham Borough Council granted it retrospective planning permission

Image caption The mural was apparently destroyed on Saturday

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Image caption The house was put for for sale in January with a guide price of £210,000

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Image caption The Banksy had been the target of thieves, and was vandalised after it first appeared

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