Bansky's Valentine's Day mural covered after it was defaced

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She said on Thursday: "We've been down here all day and it's just been a complete buzz of excitement".

The elusive artist confirmed the mural as his creation on his official Instagram account on February 14.

People have already been visiting and taking photos of the artwork.

Reminiscing of his iconic "Girl With Baloon", this signature street piece by Banksy is perfectly timed with Valentine Day.

Kelly Woodruff, whose family owns the property the artwork was painted on, told BBC News flowers that had been placed on the road as part of the artwork were missing.

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On behalf of the family Ms Woodruff said: "Due to the mindless vandalism to the artwork, the family have taken the very hard decision to cover the artwork to try to protect it". She had said on Friday that she was concerned the artwork might be damaged by Storm Dennis.

Illusive graffiti artist Banksy has confirmed that an artwork which has appeared on the wall of a house in Bristol is his.

Banksy gave the best Valentine's gift possible to one homeowner in Bristol, England. "Whoever painted, it's worth admiring their creativity".

One local resident, James Bullock, tweeted that he had seen the piece early on Thursday morning.

The mural appeared in Marsh Lane, Bristol, on the side of a house.

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