Mysterious ‘Banksy’ artwork pops up on abandoned pub in Grimsby

A mysterious piece of artwork has popped up on an abandoned pub in Grimsby causing speculation it could have been painted by Banksy.

The outline of a figure with a fat left leg and a bottle of beer in his hand appeared overnight on the doorway of the Albion pub on Cleethorpe Road.

And it has sparked fierce debate online as to whether that stencil could have been left there by the elusive artist, reports Grimsby Live.

The famous Bristolian, whose works sell for thousands, has never been seen on film while at work.

Banksy is not on Facebook or Twitter and has few words on his website, leaving his artwork to do the talking.

Susan Chesman spotted the graffiti in the early hours of this morning and shared her discovery on Facebook.

"I went past at about 4.30 am this morning going towards Cleethorpes," she told Grimsby Live.

"I saw it and had to turn my car around and go have another look. I thought this could be a Banksy – or maybe a local artist.

"It wasn’t there yesterday not that I can remember. It must have been done over night. I’m hoping it is the real thing."

The Albion closed its doors eight years ago.

It was once a thriving watering hole, popular with the town’s dock workers, but is now needle-infested and perilously dangerous after persistent break-ins.

Photos of the pub’s interior show tables littered with drug paraphenalia.

Intruders have also broken makeshift holes through the roof and have have ripped up the floorboards in search valuable copper.

In fact, the place is so notorious that it has even earned itself the title ‘pub from hell’.

So bad is the damage, its owner Surrinder Mehat of Metro C21 Stores feels he has no choice but to knock down the Edwardian pub and start again, replacing it with a three-storey block of flats.

"It looks as if he’s holding a pint glass," said Susan. "Maybe he is saying cheers to the good times in the Albion before it gets pulled down."

The figure’s mystery appearance has sparked fierce debate on social media about who might be the artist responsible.

Wayne Brightmore thinks it resembles work by world-famous Banksy: "It definitely has Banksy style to it black stencilled, no tag or signature and relevant to the building it has been painted."

But Phil Simpson remains to be convinced said: "It’s not a bad stencil, however Banksy can’t be responsible for it.

"The quality isn’t good enough and they’d be using more colours on a Banksy stencil.

"I hate the fact that now everyone sees a bit of graffiti or stencil graffiti they think it’s Banksy."

But it would not be the first time Bansky is rumoured to have been in the Humber region.

Last January, he featured images on his official Instagram account of a mural in Hull depicting a child carrying a sword with a pencil on the end under the text: "Draw the raised drawbridge."

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