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'Graffiti' worth £20,000 stolen from Islington charity

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:50 23 October 2014

[Photograph by Metropolitan Police]

[Photograph by Metropolitan Police]

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Street art worth £20,000 has been stolen from Islington's Upper Street just weeks before it was due to be auctioned to raise money for a knife crime charity.

[Photograph by Metropolitan Police][Photograph by Metropolitan Police]

The paintings, by street artist Bambi, show black and white sharks and fluorescent pink flower shapes with the legend “turn your dreams into roses and watch them fade away”.

The five 6ft by 4ft panels were decorating the edge of a work site on Upper Street, and were due to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity Art Against Knives once the building work had been completed.

They were expected to raise at least £20,000.

Now Bambi’s work and the charity’s hopes could all be in vain, as the five paintings were stolen some time between 6.30pm on Wednesday October 8 and 9.20am on Thursday October 9.

[Photograph by Metropolitan Police][Photograph by Metropolitan Police]

The paintings should be easy to recognise, as they are both distinctive and large.

Bambi has been dubbed ‘the female Banksy’ and held a joint exhibition with her fellow reclusive street artist in 2013 called When Banksy Met Bambi. Earlier this week, London24 revealed that the news stories reporting that Banksy had been arrested were in fact an elaborate hoax.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the paintings is urged to contact police in Islington on 101 quoting reference CRIS 2723485/14. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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