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Justin Bieber Australia graffiti 'must be removed'

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Media captionThe graffiti is on a wall outside a Queensland hotel

Singer Justin Bieber has been asked to clean up graffiti left on a hotel wall in Australia.

The singer spray-painted cartoon faces on an external wall of a Gold Coast hotel earlier this week. He is currently touring Australia.

The hotel said it was pleased to have Bieber's artwork on their wall. However, Gold Coast City Council said it would order the graffiti's removal.

Earlier this month, Bieber was charged with defacing a building in Brazil.

The hotel, QT Gold Coast, said in a response to a comment on its Facebook page: "We are stoked to have Justin Bieber's artwork on our wall."

It added that it had given Bieber permission to paint on the wall.

Image caption Bieber has been charged with illegally spraying graffiti in Brazil earlier this month

However, Gold Coast City Council said that while the graffiti was on a private property, it was in public view and an eyesore.

"The city has a zero tolerance approach to graffiti," a mayoral spokesman told the BBC. "The mayor will contact the hotel to say that if Justin Bieber does not want to use the free graffiti removal kit left with him, then the hotel is expected to use it."

"If not, we will send council compliance officers to ensure the mess is taken care of."

Earlier, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate described Bieber's behaviour as "really silly".

"Just come and clean it up and we'll be happy with you. Alternatively come and sing at our mayoral Christmas carols on 7 December for an hour and I'll let you go."

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