' Banksy ' artwork has been painted over as vandals left graffiti over the protected piece.
Locals in Nottingham believed the image of a young girl hula hooping a bicycle tyre was the work of the legendary street artist and while there is some doubt about who is behind the impressive work, Nottingham City Council decided to put a protective screen over the piece.
But shortly after graffiti wording was sprayed over the protection, obstructing the view of the work underneath, NottinghamshireLive reports.
Some people in Nottingham were furious the 'Banksy' artwork was painted over.
Anton Wilde said: "Good old Nottingham, can't have anything without someone ruining it."
Luna Loki TeeTee agreed, adding: "Typical of a minority of some Nottingham people, deface, destruct and anti-social."
Calvin Singleton wrote: "This is why we can't have nice things."
But others argued that both images are "acts of graffiti no matter who has done them".
Liam Masey said: "So someone has graffitied a wall, the council try preserve it and then there's an uproar that someone else has graffitied the same wall. Both the same act despite who did either."
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Michael Creamer commented: "When does graffiti become art? Someone paints on a wall its vandalism. When someone else paints on top of it, it's bad."
The image that appeared in Nottingham is in the style of elusive street artist Banksy. The creation sprung up on Ilkeston Road in the Radford area of the city.
Banksy's identity has long been the subject of debate since he first started his street art in the 1990s.
In September it was speculated that former Art Attack host was Banksy, though he denied the rumours.
A spokesperson for Banksy said she did not have any information on it. The artist did not authenticate on his Instagram account or by any other means.
If the work is Banksy's, some have speculated he may have chosen Nottingham for its high coronavirus infection rate.
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