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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:21 PM

 

BANKSY NOT Arrested, identity NOT revealed

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Source: PRLOG

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 22, 2013 - London, England — The England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter that for years has gone by the pseudonymous name of Banksy, was arrested yesterday by police in London. After hours of questioning and a raid of his London art studio, his true name and identity have finally been revealed.

London Police say Banksy’s real name is Paul William Horner, a 39-year old male born in Bristol, England. The BBC has also confirmed this information with his PR agent Jo Brooks and the website that acts as a handling service on behalf of the artist, Pest Control.

London Police Chief Wayne Leppard held a press conference to answer questions about how Banksy was finally apprehended. “We had a 24-hour Anti-Graffiti Task Force monitoring different groups known to have associated with Banksy. We received word that around 2am a group of individuals left a flat speculated to be one of Banky’s art studios. This group was followed by agents and once vandalism had occurred, we then arrested the group, 5 men total. These individuals all had ID on them except for one, and that is the one we believed to be Banksy,” Leppard said. “We then raided the studio where this group was last seen leaving from. Inside we found thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism. We also found a passport and ID of a Paul William Horner who matched the description of the man that we are currently holding.” Leppard continued, “Horner is currently being held without bail on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting. We are also holding the other four individuals whose names we are not releasing at this time.”

Read more: http://www.prlog.org/12085513-banksy-arrested-in-london-identity-revealed.html



HOAX> Got me good and a lot of people.

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Reply BANKSY NOT Arrested, identity NOT revealed (Original post)
Bennyboy Feb 2013 OP
sharp_stick Feb 2013 #1
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2013 #2
MynameisBlarney Feb 2013 #3
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #4
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #5
n2doc Feb 2013 #6
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #7
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #8
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #9
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #12
KamaAina Feb 2013 #10
MynameisBlarney Feb 2013 #11
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #14
Bosso 63 Feb 2013 #13
dlwickham Feb 2013 #15
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2013 #16
OKNancy Feb 2013 #17

Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. Counterfeiting?

Man that could put him away for awhile. It'll be interesting to keep an eye on this.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:25 PM

2. Counterfeit money? It boggles the mind.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:25 PM

3. Counterfeiting?

SRSLY?

That just doesn't sound right.

Sounds trumped up to me.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:26 PM

4. counterfeiting? sure nt

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:27 PM

5. Counterfeiting... I bet that was some art

 

featuring the dollar or the Pound.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:27 PM

6. I'll bet the 'counterfeit money' is a satire

And the police are making it to be something that he would pass off as the real thing. Sort of like the 3 dollar bills with W's face on it. Typical idiocy by the police.

Well, good things usually come to an end. Usually by the corporatocracy.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:30 PM

7. A genius, artist and social commentator.

More like the one below are here: http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=720



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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:36 PM

8. Might not be true....

 

Even though this is everywhere right now some are saying not true. Looked at SNOPES and didn't find anything.....So gonna leave it up till confirmation

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:36 PM

9. Looks like a hoax - "London Police Chief" is not a phrase anyone British would use

with a capital 'C'. And a search for "Wayne Leppard" turns up no senior police officer, apart from this claim. And "a 24-hour Anti-Graffiti Task Force" is, frankly, bollocks.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:37 PM

10. Tone Def Leppard

London Police Chief Wayne Leppard held a press conference to answer questions about how Banksy was finally apprehended.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:39 PM

11. Did...did we just get trolled?

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:41 PM

14. I sure did anyway...

 

How much research am I supposed to do? I SNOPES'd it....

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:40 PM

13. I think he's an outlaw rather than a criminal.

Governments know what to do with criminals, but outlaws freak them out, so they will do what they can to ensure he's seen as a criminal.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:50 PM

15. I always thought people knew his real name

guess not

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:24 PM

16. Background to the counterfeiting aspect of the hoax:

via Wikipedia:

£10 Notes (2004)

In August 2004, Banksy produced a quantity of spoof British £10 notes substituting the picture of the Queen's head with Diana, Princess of Wales's head and changing the text "Bank of England" to "Banksy of England." Someone threw a large wad of these into a crowd at Notting Hill Carnival that year, which some recipients then tried to spend in local shops. These notes were also given with invitations to a Santa's Ghetto exhibition by Pictures on Walls. The individual notes have since been selling on eBay for about £200 each. A wad of the notes were also thrown over a fence and into the crowd near the NME signing tent at The Reading Festival. A limited run of 50 signed posters containing ten uncut notes were also produced and sold by Pictures on Walls for £100 each to commemorate the death of Princess Diana. One of these sold in October 2007 at Bonhams auction house in London for £24,000.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:56 PM

17. I'll lock this

hoax and the link is no longer active

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