Banksy artwork recovered in Greenwich

By Beth Allcock on February 15, 2013 10:18 AM |

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Iconic Banksy artwork has been found by police in Greenwich.

The original of Wrong War and a signed print of No Ball Games - were bought for a total of £12,990 last month.

Officers were alerted of a fraud by an Essex art dealer, who delivered both items to a customer in Plumstead only to find the buyer's payment was cancelled as the cards did not have authorisation of the holders.

The dealer - who was left with neither the artwork or payment - reported the incident to police.

The suspect proceeded to make contact with the dealer, requesting two further Banksy prints worth a combined £10,000.

Police were informed of this order and on February 8, a 25-year-old man was arrested at an address in Plumstead.

This suspect has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers searched an address in Charlton, believed to be linked to the suspect, where they recovered Wrong War.

The artwork No Ball Games was recovered after a member of the public allegedly purchased it from the suspect.

He became suspicious of the transaction and contacted the Essex art gallery directly, subsequently returning the artwork.

Detective Sergeant Geoff Grogan from Greenwich CID said: "We believe that there may be more than one person involved.
"We are also in the process of contacting the card holders who were unaware that their cards were being used.
"Our investigation is still open and will continue."

One of the cards used in the transaction is registered to a holder in Arizona.

Police are currently in the process of identifying the second card holder.