France arrests six over stolen Banksy artwork

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Sat, 2020-06-27 13:25

PARIS: Six people have been arrested in France over the theft of
an artwork by the British street artist Banksy that was stolen from
the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a judicial source said on
Saturday.
The mural, which shows a veiled female figure staring mournfully
downwards, was found at a farmhouse in central Italy earlier this
month, nearly a one-and-a-half years after it was removed.
Two of those arrested are under formal investigation on suspicion
of theft. The other four are suspected of concealing theft, the
source said.
It is thought the thieves used portable grinders to remove the
fire-exit door on which the mural was painted before carrying it
off in a van, Italian media reported when the artwork was
discovered.
The Bataclan, one of Paris’ best-known rock venues, was stormed
by militants during a concert in November 2015, as part of
coordinated attacks around the city that killed 130 people.

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France arrests six over stolen Banksy artwork