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Police arrest men after thieves try to steal new 'Banksy' artwork in Folkestone

By Aidan Barlow

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to steal an apparent Banksy artwork- less than a day after it was installed.

Police officers on patrol in Folkestone stumbled across what they thought to be a theft in progress at a derelict building in Earls Avenue at 2.20am this morning.

Reports on social media claim the suspects were stopped after their van became stuck. It comes just hours after reports on Instagram showed the new artwork.

Dan Watts posted the picture of the artwork standing on his Instagram account

The stencil work appears to show someone staring at a cactus, with the words “Miami Air Freight, Return to Sender” and is signed as “Robski by Banksy”.

The apparent Banksy artwork. Pic by Alan Langley
Police have put up tape around the site. Pic by Alan Langley

A 26-year-old man from Guildford and a 29-year-old man from Ashford have since been arrested on suspicion of theft.

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