Burglar in full hazmat suit tries to steal Banksy NHS Game Changer artwork
A burglar in full hazmat suit tried to steal a £5 million Banksy artwork from Southampton General Hospital. Banksy donated the artwork in recognition of the hostpitals brave work in the frontline against COVID-19.
The man had sneaked in with a drill during the early hours and was seen on CCTV in his full hazmat suit repeatedly prowling near the artwork. He was apprehended by security guards before he could do any damage. A guard said
“The man just walked in brandishing a cordless drill. Security spotted him and asked a supervisor if they should stop him. They were told to watch him and he was seen walking past the picture at least five times, clearly having a good look.”
The artwork shows a boy holding up a nurse in Superman pose, his discarded Spiderman and Batman toys in a nearby bin. Banksy left it at the hospital with the following note:
“Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”
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