A new Banksy has been attacked by a ‘drunk halfwit’

A new Banksy mural appeared in south Wales. Now the town is moving to protect

A new Banksy mural appeared in south Wales. Now the town is moving to protect

According to the BBC, a man in Port Talbot actually asked Banksy to paint a mural there - and the artist stunningly obliged.

Except that pesky love of a beverage has caused some strife for the new mural, which surfaced in the small town of Port Talbot in South Wales this week.

A video of this latest work appeared on Banksy's Instagram account.

Volunteers protecting the elusive artist's latest mural - called "Season's Greetings" and reflecting the town's industrial heritage - say at least 2,000 visitors have turned up to see it. "We do not want it wrecked".

A local businessman has erected a screen across part of the mural and the actor Michael Sheen, who comes from Port Talbot, is paying for the security guard to protect it.

Residents have long complained about the issues saying the town's steelworks throw black dust into the air, covering everything from cars to pets. As the camera pans out, it shows a dumpster fire on an adjacent wall with ashes and smoke pluming upwards and falling on the child who believes the ashes he is catching on his tongue are actually snowflakes.

"When you first look at it from this angle it just looks like there's a little child out there in the snow playing", she told AFP.

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The "drunk halfwit" reportedly tried to pull down the plastic screening which was newly fitted to protect the Port Talbot graffiti.

Jones added that when it came to pollution, Port Talbot was on a par with or cleaner than many other towns and cities, and that its transport connections were very good too.

The owner of the garage, Ian Lewis, 55, a steelworker for Tata Steel, said he first saw the piece when images spread on Facebook on Tuesday evening.

"It started off as fun, but now it's gone to stress. It's down to not sleeping, but now I've got the security there it's taken that weight off me", he said. "My phone is ringing, on my house phone there's 1,000 messages on it".

The father of one said he has not decided what to do with the artwork, and denied receiving any offers to sell it.

The same can not be said for other public Banksy works around the world.

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