'Banksy spotted' for the second time in 20 years

Three works by the artist seem to have appeared in Hull in the last week 

Tom Kershaw
Sunday 04 February 2018 18:27
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'Banksy spotted' for the second time in 20 years

An image purportedly of elusive urban graffiti artist Banksy is thought to be one of just two taken in almost 20 years.

Footage recorded by a scrap dealer is believed to reveal the ‘original’ Banksy – believed to be artist Robin Gunningham.

The artist was first captured red handed while holding the artist’s signature stencil while visiting Jamaica in 2003.

Banksy in Hull protected with perspex

Now a man bearing a striking resemblance to Gunningham has been caught on video in Hull at the same time that three ‘Bansky’ artworks were discovered in the city.

The artist was spotted wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses to shield his identity, metres from his official daubing on Thursday (Jan 25).

Banksy later confirmed the art slapped to the side of the disused Scott Street Bridge in Hull, East Yorkshire, was his via an official Instagram account 24 hours later.

Business owner Richard Tilson, 39, videoed two men in a Mercedes Sprinter van after he thought they were robbers.

After tailing one of the men for 300 metres who then took pictures of the artwork, Mr Tilson thought nothing of it.

But when Banksy confirmed his work which depicted a boy holding a pencil sword with the words ‘Draw The Raised Bridge’ – Mr Tilson put two and two together.

Mr Tilson said: “I just can’t believe that there was this millionaire sat in this van spraying paint on to a wall.

“Personally, I’m about 95 per cent certain it is him. If it looks like him online then it has got to be – too much adds up.”

The artist, who is believed to be from Bristol and started his career in the mid-90s, has never revealed his identity.

SWNS

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