Has mystery graffiti artist Banksy left his mark in Bolton?

The Bolton News: A close-up of one of the Banksy-style graffiti rats A close-up of one of the Banksy-style graffiti rats

GRAFITTI in the style of the elusive artist Banksy have been spotted on a derelict building in Astley Bridge.

Van driver Stuart Yates was driving along Blackburn Road with his partner Rebecca Woods when they saw the images of rats stencilled on the plywood boarding of an old building opposite McDonald’s.

The art is similar to the type painted by Banksy, a British graffiti artist who tours the world leaving satirical works on streets, walls and bridges.

The markings in Bolton show two rats, one with a nuclear symbol on its chest, and the other carrying a rose-shaped fork.

Mr Yates, from Tonge Moor, said he couldn’t believe what they had seen.

The 36-year-old said: “We nearly crashed the car when we spotted them.

“We drove on a bit further, before deciding to turn back and take a closer look.

“If it’s not Bansky’s work, then they’re either really good copies, or somebody is particularly good with a stencil.”


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In 2008 The Bolton News reported how graffiti with the hallmarks of Banksy appeared under a motorway bridge at Crown Lane, Horwich — but it was never proven to be his work.

A self-confessed Banksy fan, Mr Yates added: “He's just come back to the UK from America where he has been living so he could have been passing through with spray can. You’ve got to love the magic and mystery of the guy, whoever he is.”

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7:14am Fri 3 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

You have to applaud the talent - but it is telling that the chosen symbol was a rat, bearing in mind recent news coverage of our huge rat population
You have to applaud the talent - but it is telling that the chosen symbol was a rat, bearing in mind recent news coverage of our huge rat population oftbewildered2

8:28am Fri 3 Jan 14

itsnotthatbad says...

on the new "colbre project" on wolfenden street there's similar artwork at the old church thats being transformed into an enterprise center. a monkey with a detonator and wires trailing. The moniker left at the end of it is "wanksy" not banksy which does suggest its another person paying homage! good reporting again bn...missed an entirely better piece just 2 mins walk away with the real artists moniker left behind :-)
on the new "colbre project" on wolfenden street there's similar artwork at the old church thats being transformed into an enterprise center. a monkey with a detonator and wires trailing. The moniker left at the end of it is "wanksy" not banksy which does suggest its another person paying homage! good reporting again bn...missed an entirely better piece just 2 mins walk away with the real artists moniker left behind :-) itsnotthatbad

9:10am Fri 3 Jan 14

one_love says...

i doubt it
i doubt it one_love

9:21am Fri 3 Jan 14

Chrome1 says...

It was me. Ok.
It was me. Ok. Chrome1

9:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

Reed Lover says...

I smell a rat!
I smell a rat! Reed Lover

10:34am Fri 3 Jan 14

julie blyth says...

There is one on the boards that used to be wolfenden school also just at the halliwell rd end in the back street
There is one on the boards that used to be wolfenden school also just at the halliwell rd end in the back street julie blyth

11:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

That IS NOT a Banksy.
That IS NOT a Banksy. Beyond News Forum

11:46am Fri 3 Jan 14

The bluetooth. says...

Its been done with a template.
Its been done with a template. The bluetooth.

11:51am Fri 3 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

There is someone in Bromley Cross who likes stencilling, It started off with space invaders and has moved up in recent years.
There is someone in Bromley Cross who likes stencilling, It started off with space invaders and has moved up in recent years. atlas123

12:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bernie boy says...

The bluetooth. wrote:
Its been done with a template.
Really?
[quote][p][bold]The bluetooth.[/bold] wrote: Its been done with a template.[/p][/quote]Really? bernie boy

4:05pm Fri 3 Jan 14

SleepingThunder says...

atlas123 wrote:
There is someone in Bromley Cross who likes stencilling, It started off with space invaders and has moved up in recent years.
The Banksy mural, removed secretly from the wall of a Poundland in Wood Green, has been sold at a secret auction in London to a mystery buyer, to the dismay of local campaigners.

The auctioneers had received three bids of more than £750,000.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: There is someone in Bromley Cross who likes stencilling, It started off with space invaders and has moved up in recent years.[/p][/quote]The Banksy mural, removed secretly from the wall of a Poundland in Wood Green, has been sold at a secret auction in London to a mystery buyer, to the dismay of local campaigners. The auctioneers had received three bids of more than £750,000. SleepingThunder

8:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

getajob123 says...

hahahahaha

the lad who does these has done loads round bolton, there are a load on the lostock arms and by the railway, hes a scally thats obsessed with banksy

trouble is, hes a benefits scrounging loser...............
. unlike banksy

he cant even be original, its pathetic
hahahahaha the lad who does these has done loads round bolton, there are a load on the lostock arms and by the railway, hes a scally thats obsessed with banksy trouble is, hes a benefits scrounging loser............... . unlike banksy he cant even be original, its pathetic getajob123

8:02pm Fri 3 Jan 14

getajob123 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
You have to applaud the talent - but it is telling that the chosen symbol was a rat, bearing in mind recent news coverage of our huge rat population
talent ????


its a transfer done in 4 colours

are you this easily imressed with everyday things ????? wow i bet your in wonder every time you use your microwave
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: You have to applaud the talent - but it is telling that the chosen symbol was a rat, bearing in mind recent news coverage of our huge rat population[/p][/quote]talent ???? its a transfer done in 4 colours are you this easily imressed with everyday things ????? wow i bet your in wonder every time you use your microwave getajob123

8:45pm Fri 3 Jan 14

davroduk1 says...

Its Banksy on the first leg of a world tour.
Of course Bolton is the first place he would come to to promote his graffiti.
Cultural capital of the Nothern Hemisphere is Bolton.
Errrrr
Or it could be some low life just making a mess ???
You decide !!!
Its Banksy on the first leg of a world tour. Of course Bolton is the first place he would come to to promote his graffiti. Cultural capital of the Nothern Hemisphere is Bolton. Errrrr Or it could be some low life just making a mess ??? You decide !!! davroduk1

11:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

stinkydeew says...

Banksy is a fraud anyway he has ripped off another guys work (Blek le rat) for years people think he is some amazing artist but he aint!
Banksy is a fraud anyway he has ripped off another guys work (Blek le rat) for years people think he is some amazing artist but he aint! stinkydeew

1:30am Sat 4 Jan 14

M.I.B. says...

stinkydeew wrote:
Banksy is a fraud anyway he has ripped off another guys work (Blek le rat) for years people think he is some amazing artist but he aint!
stinkydeewb, I look forward to your original & biting, artistic social commentary scrawled on the wall outside your local pie shop.
[quote][p][bold]stinkydeew[/bold] wrote: Banksy is a fraud anyway he has ripped off another guys work (Blek le rat) for years people think he is some amazing artist but he aint![/p][/quote]stinkydeewb, I look forward to your original & biting, artistic social commentary scrawled on the wall outside your local pie shop. M.I.B.

11:02am Sat 4 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

what's wrong with paying homage to another artist's work? It's been going on for millennia. Bolton council even paid a fortune for such a piece.
what's wrong with paying homage to another artist's work? It's been going on for millennia. Bolton council even paid a fortune for such a piece. Citizen Cane

2:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

SleepingThunder says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
what's wrong with paying homage to another artist's work? It's been going on for millennia. Bolton council even paid a fortune for such a piece.
Lets just hope they dont buy one of these pieces as a origanal.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: what's wrong with paying homage to another artist's work? It's been going on for millennia. Bolton council even paid a fortune for such a piece.[/p][/quote]Lets just hope they dont buy one of these pieces as a origanal. SleepingThunder

8:46pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Willshea says...

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Reeeeeally bad copy
http://cdn.ahrengot. com/wp-content/uploa ds/If-graffiti-chang ed-anything-it-would -be-illegal.jpeg Reeeeeally bad copy Willshea

8:49pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Willshea says...

And getajob123
you're a dick
And getajob123 you're a dick Willshea

9:16am Mon 6 Jan 14

Cheeseware says...

There's another across the road from this one showing a rat dropping litter. Its on the side of the old snooker place.
There's another across the road from this one showing a rat dropping litter. Its on the side of the old snooker place. Cheeseware

1:49am Tue 7 Jan 14

AndyMorton says...

Boltons a tip and full of rats!!
Boltons a tip and full of rats!! AndyMorton

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