Banksy’s latest mural has been saved – by a local window cleaner

The artwork - which was discovered on a disused bridge in Hull last week - was defaced last night (January 28)

Banksy’s latest artwork has been saved by a window cleaner in Hull after it was defaced over the weekend.

The renowned street artist’s work was discovered on a disused bridge in the east Yorkshire city last week, with the stencilled design depicting a child carrying a wooden sword along with the words “draw the raised bridge!”.

RAISE THE DRAWBRIDGE! Hull.

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The artwork was unfortunately whitewashed last night (January 28) by an unknown assailant.

But, despite the detractor’s best efforts, news of the defacing of the Banksy piece spread in the city, with people rushing to the bridge’s location in order to help preserve the artwork as best as possible.

Window cleaner Jason Fanthorpe was one of the first on the scene, and he attempted to save the piece using water and white spirit.

Fanthorpe said he “could not just sit back and not try to help” after hearing that the mural had been damaged.

“I was just going to bed when I’d seen that it had been painted over, and someone had said it was still wet,” he said. “I tried with just pure water at first, on one tiny corner, desperate not to destroy the underlying art. But it was not shifting, so I had to use white spirit.

“Banksy, love him or hate him, has international prestige and he’s gifted the city with his art,” he added.

Hull City Council has since installed a protective cover over the artwork to prevent further damage, with a spokesperson adding: “This temporary measure will help to ensure that the public can continue to enjoy the work.”