Man arrested after anti-war Banksy piece was ‘stolen from street’ hours after authenticity confirmed
23 December 2023, 19:27
A man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage after a Banksy installation was removed in south-east London, the Metropolitan Police said.
The piece of street art – a traffic stop sign covered with three aircraft resembling military drones – was revealed at the intersection of Southampton Way and Commercial Way in Peckham at midday on Friday.
Less than an hour after Banksy confirmed it was genuine by posting a photo of it on social media, witnesses saw the artwork being removed by a man with bolt cutters.
The force said on Saturday that they received a report of theft and have since arrested a man who remains in custody.
Southwark Council had previously called on a piece of Banksy artwork to be returned after it was removed from Peckham.
The work of art by Banksy was taken down from a street in south-east London on Friday just hours after being confirmed it was genuine.