A ‘drunk halfwit’ has attacked Banksy’s new artwork just a week after it appeared.
The street artist’s new mural – named ‘Season’s Greetings’ – features what initially looks like a young boy enjoying a snowy scene, though when the full artwork is visible, the snow is revealed to be ash, falling from a near by blazing skip fire.
A security guard chased the culprit away from the garage wall in south Wales on Saturday.
The ‘drunk halfwit’ reportedly tried to pull down the plastic screening which was newly fitted to protect the Port Talbot graffiti.
Members of the local community have aired concerns that the Banksy piece may become a target for “some idiot who wants to make a name for himself.”
Police were called following the incident and extra security guards have been arranged.
“Some drunk halfwit has tried to pull the fencing down and the protection glazing at the Banksy artwork,” Gary Owen raged on a local Facebook group.
The owner of the garage used as a canvas by Banksy for his latest artwork is paying for a security firm to protect it from other potential vandals.
Ian Lewis, 55, has also accepted an offer from a fan for the mural to be covered by a perspex screen while he decides what to do with the street artist’s latest work.
Mr Lewis, a steelworker at Port Talbot’s Tata Steel plant, said he has not slept properly since the artwork appeared on his hand-built garage.