A second individual has been apprehended under suspicion of stealing the Banksy artwork in Peckham.

According to the Metropolitan police, another arrest has been made following the removal of a Banksy art installation in Peckham, south-east London. The individual, in his 40s, is currently in police custody and is suspected of theft and criminal damage. This comes after a man in his 20s was detained on Saturday for the same offenses and has been bailed until March. The artwork, which featured a red stop sign with three military drones, was estimated to be worth over £500,000. The missing piece is still sought by authorities and anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

In order to ensure the safety of road users, Southwark council has replaced the road sign that was removed. Cllr Jasmine Ali expressed confidence in the police’s ability to retrieve the artwork, emphasizing its importance as both street art and a community asset. Dealers estimate its value to be over £500,000, noting that the increased media attention has only added to its worth. The installation is seen as a comment on the global arms trade and/or the bombardment of Gaza.

Banksy has previously showcased his artworks in Palestine, including the Walled Off hotel in Bethlehem, which the artist described as having “the worst view of any hotel in the world” in reference to the controversial wall in the West Bank. In 2017, a similar composition of drones bombing a children’s picture of a house was auctioned for £205,000, with the proceeds donated to Reprieve and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

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