Council hires security to guard Banksy-style Harwich mural

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A stencilled artwork of a boy fishing has appeared in Harwich

A council which was criticised for painting over a Banksy mural has put security at the site of a new artwork it hopes is by the elusive artist.

The mural of a boy holding a fishing rod with a blue face mask attached to it was first spotted early on Wednesday, on the sea wall at Stone Pier in Harwich, Essex.

Tendring District Council said it "immediately" put security in place.

It was criticised in 2014 for painting over a Banksy mural in Clacton-on-Sea.

In relation to the artwork of the boy fishing, a spokesman said: "We immediately put security in place and are taking further steps to protect this artwork as we await confirmation that it is indeed the latest piece of the artist's 'Spraycation' in East Anglia."

Earlier this month, 10 murals by Banksy appeared in various locations across Norfolk and Suffolk, in what the artist dubbed as "A Great British Spraycation".

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Tendring District Council says it is protecting the artwork while it awaits further news
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The artwork was spotted early on Wednesday

The mural Banksy created in 2014 showed a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners towards an exotic-looking bird.

It was removed before the artist had claimed the work on his website, with the council saying it had received a complaint that it was "racist".

The mural of the boy fishing is on a building which also features an artwork created by Aroma in 2019. The street artist highlighted the new mural on his Instagram account earlier, asking if the work was by Banksy.

People have been gathering around the work and posing for photos alongside it.

Banksy normally confirms his artworks via his website and Instagram account.

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Tendring District Council received about 40 messages from the public about the removal of the mural, with just one in favour of the action

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