Rare prints by the street artist Banksy, worth nearly £10,000, have been stolen in two raids on an art gallery. Thieves broke into Art Republic in Brighton and took ten works, which police believe were stolen to order for a dealer or collector. The first break-in took place early on May 20, and the second, thought to have been committed by the same people, four days later.
During the first theft, six framed, limited-edition prints were taken: Morons, Jack and Jill, above left, Virgin Mary, Napalm, above right, Welcome to Hell and Gangsta Rat. In the second, three Banksy prints were taken, as well as Reservoir Troopers, by the artists Scrawl Collective, which police believe may have been mistaken for Banksy's work because of the similarity of its style. Sussex Police have appealed for witnesses.