World-famous artist Banksy claims new artwork as his – but it’s been vandalised

A piece of graffiti artwork on a wall in Nottingham has recently come to the attention of the public, which has since been 'confirmed' as an original Banksy.

However, since it was spotted on Thursday, October 15, the amazing painting of a young girl has since been vandalised.

The artwork was spray painted on a wall off Ilkeston Road in Nottingham and is of a child hoola hopping with the missing tire of a nearby bike.

Since the painting was noticed, there's been mounting speculation that it was indeed an original Banksy, with Nottingham City Council installed a perspex screen next to it, though experts were not convinced it was a genuine Banksy.

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The protective screen was defaced not long after being installed, which prompted angry responses from locals, who were over the moon that the artwork had appeared in the city.

Speaking to Nottingham Live, Anton Wilde said: "Good old Nottingham, can't have anything without someone ruining it."

Luna Loki TeeTee agreed: "Typical of a minority of some Nottingham people, deface, destruct and anti-social.."

"This is why we cant have nice things," said Calvin Singleton.

Luckily, the actual art under the protective screen was fine.

Earlier today a fellow street artist from Birmingham, Itchers, had laid claim to the work.

However, Banksy then has since confirmed that the work is actually his by posting on his Instagram page to his 10.2m followers.

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The City Council has responded following confirmation that the ‘hula hoop girl’ artwork is fact a Banksy.

A council spokesperson said: "It’s amazing that Banksy has now confirmed the artwork as his.

“We obviously don’t know why he chose Nottingham but we’re a city famous for our rebels, like Robin Hood of course.

"The fact that the artwork features a bike could be a reference to the Raleigh factory that used to be nearby, famous for its role in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, the novel by local author Alan Sillitoe and iconic 1960 film starring Albert Finney.

“We took steps on Thursday to protect the artwork with a temporary perspex cover. Now that we know it’s a genuine Banksy, we will be taking advice on what should happen next.

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“The artwork is obviously going to cause a great deal of interest and excitement not just in Nottingham but further afield. We know people will be tempted to come and see it for themselves but we need to avoid large gatherings during the current pandemic so we would urge everyone to please stay away to protect themselves and others.”

The protective screen placed over the piece was sadly defaced not long after being installed, which prompted angry responses from locals, who were over the moon that the artwork had appeared in the city.

Speaking to Nottingham Live, Anton Wilde said: "Good old Nottingham, can't have anything without someone ruining it."

Luna Loki TeeTee agreed: "Typical of a minority of some Nottingham people, deface, destruct and anti-social.."

"This is why we cant have nice things," said Calvin Singleton.

Luckily, the actual art under the protective screen was fine.

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