'Banksy' strikes at Primrose Hill pub

GUERILLA artist Banksy has been caught on camera painting his latest urban art installation in a Primrose Hill pub, the landlords believe. Karen and Lawrence Santi, who run the Princess of Wales pub in Chalcot Road, woke up on Tuesday morning to find thei

GUERILLA artist Banksy has been caught on camera painting his latest urban art installation in a Primrose Hill pub, the landlords believe.

Karen and Lawrence Santi, who run the Princess of Wales pub in Chalcot Road, woke up on Tuesday morning to find their garden wall had been covered with graffiti showing a windswept little girl with a balloon standing opposite a lion.

The mirror above has the words "Run For Your Lives!!!" written in bold red letters.

The landlords' initial reaction was to paint over the work until they realised it might be the work of none other than Banksy.


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Mrs Santi said: "We really want someone who is an expert to give us an authoritative opinion on whether or not it is a Banksy. I love it but my husband thinks it looks crap - we disagree."

Mr Santi's sister Caroline, who lives above the pub, said that while they couldn't be 100 per cent sure if it was a genuine Banksy, the signature in the balloon string appears to be his.

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She said: "Lawrence saw it on Tuesday morning - he said to me, 'There's some graffiti down there'.

"He must've got in through the door on Monday night. We think he might have been a customer at the pub. There's no way we're going to change it - I love it."

Banksy is believed to have been caught on camera once or twice before in his career but the elusive artist always take precautions to avoid being seen - on the Princess of Wales' CCTV footage the face of the person doing the painting is largely obscured by a hooded top.

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