Council removes Banksy artwork in England after complaints of racism
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Banksy's latest mural has been painted over by the Tendring District Council after residents complained on the topic of choice that the artist chose. The piece featured five grey pigeons next to a colourful migratory swallow, with each pigeon holding up a sign that read 'Migrants Not Welcome', 'Go Back To Africa' and 'Keep Off Our Worms'.
"The site was inspected by staff who agreed that it could be seen as offensive and it was removed this morning in line with our policy to remove this type of material within 48 hours," said Nigel Brown, communications manager for Tendring district council. "We would obviously welcome an appropriate Banksy original on any of our seafronts and would be delighted if he returned in the future."