Startled residents in a small town just outside Stoke on Trent today awoke to find their Town Hall painted over in a glorious technicolour mural signed "Bansky". However, in stark contrast to other valuable paintings by the hyper-cool global artist, in this case the artist himself was seen leaving the scene. Local man Jake Pilkins-Potter snapped the balaclava-clad artist sprinting from the Town Hall clutching a dripping paint brush.
Jake commented today, "I took a couple of snaps of a very tall man with large hands in black clothing splashed with paint, in one shot he was just lifting his balaclava and his face can clearly be seen."
Jake later revealed, after an exclusive deal with Hello magazine fell through, that the identity of "Banksy" is non other than former Stoke City goalie Gordon Banks, aged 78.
Bank's himself was unavailable for comment, but his agent released the following statement; "In common with many people his age, Gordon has retired to do a bit of painting, having always signed his works he's surprised at the mystery surrounding his identity."