Council Destroys ‘£400,000’ Banksy After Missing its Satirical Message

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This is the Banksy mural, said to be worth around £400,000, that was destroyed by Tendring District Council earlier this week after it was branded “offensive and racist”. The mural depicts a flock of pigeons holding placards saying “go back to Africa” and “keep off our worms” while an exotic African swallow, unwelcomed by the group, looks on.

Understood to have been prompted by the recent defection of Tory MP Douglas Carswell to UKIP, Tendring Council erased the mural after failing to grasp its satirical message, for which street artist Banksy is well known. And now, it seems, they want it back!

Council communications manager Nigel Brown told the Telegraph: “We would obviously welcome an appropriate Banksy original on any of our seafronts and would be delighted if he returned in the future.”

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The anonymous artist’s work has a tremendous global following and has been cut from buildings in a bid to preserve its value and creativity. In August one of his murals sold for £400,000, saving the struggling youth club on which it was painted.


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