Has Banksy been arrested by London cops?

0 Posted by - February 22, 2013 - Blog, Visual art

Wrong War - Banksy

Rumours are circulating that British activist and street artist Banksy has been arrested. Fortunately, they seem to be false.

From a suspiciously unattributed press release (update — the web link seems to be down again. Here is a PDF of the release.):

London Police Chief Wayne Leppard held a press conference to answer questions about how Banksy was finally apprehended. “We had a 24-hour Anti-Graffiti Task Force monitoring different groups known to have associated with Banksy. We received word that around 2am a group of individuals left a flat speculated to be one of Banky’s art studios. This group was followed by agents and once vandalism had occurred, we then arrested the group, 5 men total. These individuals all had ID on them except for one, and that is the one we believed to be Banksy,” Leppard said.

“We then raided the studio where this group was last seen leaving from. Inside we found thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism. We also found a passport and ID of a Paul William Horner who matched the description of the man that we are currently holding.” Leppard continued, “Horner is currently being held without bail on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting. We are also holding the other four individuals whose names we are not releasing at this time.”

There is no indication, however, that anyone by the name of Wayne Leppard exists at London’s Metropolitan Police Service. We’ll let you know if we hear any evidence that this rumour is in fact true.

In recent “real” Banksy news, an original work of his entitled Wrong War has been recovered by police who were investigating a suspected fraud.

Image: Wrong War was found by London’s Metropolitan Police during a search of a property as part of a fraud investigation.

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