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Banksy wall art stolen

Thieves have stolen a piece of Banksy graffiti from a London wall and tried to flog it on eBay - send us photos of the "guerrilla artist's" work around the capital

A wall stencil of a black silhouette of a rat bouncing a ball underneath a "No Ball Games" sign has been removed by thieves using an angle grinder at Gloucester Gardens in Paddington.

Rat graffiti by Banksy

Banksy graffiti outside BBC London

The graffiti by "guerrilla artist" Banksy was sprayed on when he was a relative unknown and has become something of a local landmark.

One disappointed resident, Marion Lau-Mackaay, told the Evening Standard: "I have complained to Westminster Council but they said they could take no action.

"My six-year-old son loved it so much he did a painting of it after he heard it had gone and sent it to Banksy with a letter saying 'I hope this makes you feel better'."

The Standard reported that the thieves had cut out the wall with the image on and put the whole lot up for sale on eBay for £20,000 but after complaints, the item was removed from sale.

His black silhouette rats are a feature of the landscape on walls around many parts of London - there's even one outside BBC London's office in Marylebone High Street.

If you've spotted any of Banksy's art work around the city, take a photo and email us at and we'll post it up on the website.

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