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New Banksy mural in north London vandalised and defaced after appearing just days ago | UK News

A new Banksy mural in north London has been defaced after appearing just days ago.

The huge green painting on the side of a block of flats in Hornsey Road, near Finsbury Park, was first spotted on Sunday.

A day later, the anonymous artist confirmed that he was behind the project.

But photos show that just three days after it first appeared, white paint has been thrown over the mural.

Two streaks appear to have been thrown over the green patches on the side of the building, meant to replicate the absent leaves of a nearby tree which has been cropped.

The Banksy artwork which has been defaced with white paint.
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The mural was meant to replicate the absent leaves of the nearby tree, which has been cropped. Pic: PA

Islington Council told Sky News: “In recent days, the piece has created a real buzz in the borough and beyond, and we very much want it to stay.

“It’s sad to see the piece has been defaced. When the mural first arrived in Islington, we moved quickly to put in place temporary measures to protect it and manage the crowds, such as installing fencing and having visits from Park Patrol officers.

“We are discussing future solutions with the homeowner, to enable everyone to enjoy the artwork while protecting it, the tree, and the surrounding area. We’re also in the process of installing a CCTV camera.

“This is a really powerful piece, which highlights the vital role that trees play in our communities and in tackling the climate emergency.

“Culture is a powerful way to tell meaningful stories, and we very much hope that the piece, which is still fantastic, will now be left alone for people to enjoy.”

The Banksy artwork which has been defaced with white paint.
Pic: PA
Two streaks appear to have been thrown over the green patches on the side of the building. Pic: PA

It’s not the first time artwork from Banksy has been defaced, with his ‘Spraycation’ mural in Suffolk covered in white paint in August 2021.

East Suffolk Council said at the time it was “appalled” by the vandalism and added that a member of security staff had caught the person responsible in the act and stopped them from causing any further damage.

In March of the same year, a Banksy mural painted on the side of a former prison which once housed Oscar Wilde was defaced with a rival’s name.

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Banksy’s last confirmed work before the Finsbury Park tree was a stop sign in Peckham, south London, with three military drones stuck across it, and was shared just before Christmas.

However, that work was removed less than an hour after it was confirmed to be genuine on the artist’s social media, with witnesses reporting it was taken down by a man with bolt cutters.

Two men were later arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage.

Gary Lineker Lineker will be ‘spoken to’ by BBC after appearing to compare migrant policy to Nazi Germany | UK News

Gary Lineker will be spoken to over a social media post appearing to draw comparisons between the government’s new Illegal Migration Bill and the policies of Nazi Germany, the BBC has said.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster said The Match Of The Day host, 62, will be “reminded of his responsibilities on social media”.

It comes after the presenter shared a Twitter video put out by Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, in which she unveiled government plans to stop migrant boats crossing the Channel.

“Good heavens, this is beyond awful,” he wrote.

Another Twitter user, responding to Lineker’s post, described his comment as “out of order”, adding that it was “easy to pontificate when it doesn’t affect you”.

Lineker responded: “There is no huge influx. We take far fewer refugees than other major European countries.

“This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I’m out of order?”

His comments were condemned by a number of Tory politicians, who urged the BBC to take action.

Conservative party deputy chairman, Lee Anderson, wrote on Twitter: “This is just another example of how out of touch these overpaid stars are with the voting public.

“Instead of lecturing, Mr Lineker should stick to reading out the football scores and flogging crisps.”

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A spokesperson for the corporation said: “The BBC has social media guidance, which is published.

“Individuals who work for us are aware of their responsibilities relating to social media. We have appropriate internal processes in place if required.”

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The BBC’s editorial guidelines state that the organisation is “committed to achieving due impartiality in all its output”.

The guidelines also state that “public comments, for example on social media, of staff (or) presenters… can affect perceptions of the BBC’s impartiality”.

It is not the first time that the former Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and England striker has fallen foul of the broadcaster’s impartiality guidelines.

In October, the BBC’s executive complaints unit ruled that Lineker had breached its rules with a Tweet about Russia and the Conservative Party.

On that occasion, the complaints team ruled that although Lineker was not a journalist, he had an additional responsibility for impartiality under the BBC’s guidance which states high standards apply to those “who nevertheless have an additional responsibility to the BBC because of their profile on the BBC”.

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In February 2018, Lineker also faced criticism from BBC cricket commentator Jonathan Agew over his comments on Brexit.

Responding to one of Lineker’s Twitter posts, Agnew wrote: “Gary. You are the face of BBC Sport. Please observe BBC editorial guidelines and keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself.

“I’d be sacked if I followed your example. Thanks.”