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Has Banksy struck at Catching Lives in Station Road East in Canterbury?

A Banksy-style drawing has appeared overnight on a wall in Canterbury leading to hopes it could be the work of the world-famous mystery street artist himself.

The black and white and colour image was discovered by staff arriving for work at the open centre for the homeless in Station Road East this morning and is causing a stir of excitement among clients, visitors and passers-by.

Although unsigned, it bears a strong resemblance to the work of the artist which fetches hundreds of thousands of pounds and has been bought by celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Is this a Banksy drawn on the Catching Lives open centre in Canterbury

Is this a Banksy drawn on the Catching Lives open centre in Canterbury?

It depicts two children reaching up to a pig being carried aloft by colourful balloons.

Chairman of the trustees of Catching Lives, James Duff said: “It just appeared overnight but must have taken a bit of time to complete because it looks a very skilled piece of work.

“It is causing quite a bit of excitement here as you can imagine because it so closely resembles Banksy’s work.

“I’m not sure what message it is telling with the children and flying pig but it looks pretty permanent and I just hope it doesn’t get defaced. It certainly brightens up the building.

“It would be amazing if it turned out to be a Banksy and we could somehow sell it for the charity.

“But for now we hope that anyone passing by and admiring it might pop in and perhaps donate a couple of quid.”

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