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Banksy's work of drones covers a stop sign in London, in Great Britain, December 22, 2023.

Associated Press

Man suspected of stealing Banksy artwork depicting a red stop sign decorated with three military drones was arrested on Saturday, London police said.

A man in his 20s was taken into custody because he suspected of theft and criminal damage, the Metropolitan Police said.

The panel was stolen less than an hour after the elusive street artist posted a photo of the work on his Instagram page.

A video showed a man equipped with bolt cutters climbing onto a bicycle to remove fasteners from a road sign on a street corner in the Peckham area of ​​south London, while another man stabilized the bike. The man who cut the sign then ran away holding it in his hand.

A voice could be heard on a video of the incident say It annoys me so much! as the man fled.

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A witness who only wanted to be called Alex told the Associated Press that the small crowd of people who had shown up to see the work stood there watching the scene unfold.

The crowd allegedly asked the man what he was doing, but no one knew what to do, Alex said.

We simply watched it happen. We were all a little perplexed; there were car horns.

A quote from Alex, a witness to the theft

The deputy head of the council of' local borough, Jasmine Ali, has requested that the work be returned.

It should not have been removed and we would like it to be #x27;It will be returned so that everyone in the community can enjoy Banksy's brilliant work, Ms Ali said. x27;stopping has been replaced.

Banksy's satirical and provocative art often aims at war. Many of his followers on Instagram interpreted this work as a call for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

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