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Oh rats! There’s a Banksy graffiti down our alley

PUBLISHED: 08:01 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:34 05 October 2010

Jamie (left) and uncle Laurence with the Banksy rat

Jamie (left) and uncle Laurence with the Banksy rat

ANOTHER Banksy street artwork may have been discovered in London’s East End. Insurance investigator Laurence Lewis and nephew Jamie Collins spotted the rat’ design often linked to the famed graffiti artist while going home on the bus

By Shanelle Hamiltom

ANOTHER Banksy street artwork may have been discovered in London’s East End.

Insurance investigator Laurence Lewis and nephew Jamie Collins spotted the rat’ design often linked to the famed street artist while travelling home on the number 25 bendy bus in Whitechapel.

The bus stopped briefly in front of an alley next to Starbucks cafe when they spotted it.

“We’ve seen seven or eight Banksy works in the area,” the 53-year-old bachelor told the East London Advertiser. “So we recognised it straight away.”

DOUBLE CHECK

Laurence arrived home nearby and grabbed his camera and returned to double check.

And there it was—a rat holding a gun, which had been stencilled onto the wall at the end of the alley off the Whitechapel Road.

Nephew Jamie said: “Banksy paints a lot of rats—that’s his trademark.

“I find them fascinating because he’s done exhibitions all over the world. Now he does Whitechapel too.”

The East End’s most-famous Banksy’ known to be authentic is the one on the wall of Bethnal Green working men’s club in Pollard Row.


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