Cromer Banksy vandalized, sparking police appeal

3:29 PM June 28, 2022

Banksy’s Cromer was vandalized over the weekend, prompting police to appeal to witnesses.

The artwork—which is on a nautical wall on the city’s east shore—was spray painted sometime between 9pm on Friday, June 24 and 3pm on Saturday, June 25.

Norfolk County Council had the work covered in a protective film last year – allowing the blue and cream spray paint to clean up without damaging Banksy.

Tim Adams, President of the Council, said: “We were extremely disappointed to hear that Banksy on Cromer’s seawall had been vandalized.

“This piece of art brought a wave of visitors to Cromer, increased tourism and benefited the local economy.

“The graffiti has now been cleaned up, but we are actively working with and fully supporting the police in their appeal to witnesses.”

Abusive graffiti was also sprinkled near the artwork in August last year, after Banksy’s artwork appeared as part of his ‘Great British Spraycation’ art project earlier that month.

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact Sgt. Toby Gosden of the Norfolk Constabulary at 101 citing reference 36/48593/22.

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