Missing Banksy painting ‘suddenly returns’ – years after it went missing

A missing Banksy painting has reappeared in Liverpool City centre with zero explanation after going missing years ago.

The famous Loves Plane graffiti was painted on the Western Approaches on Rumford Street in 2011.

But 2016 one of the artists’ best known Liverpool works, was removed with the plan to display in a much-anticipated street art gallery.

The gallery however was never set up and the painting seemingly "went missing".

But pictures taken to show the famous "Loves Plane" repainted on the wall with the word ‘I’m back’ included, report the Liverpool Echo.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dean Paton, founder of Big Heritage who now looks after the Western Approaches Museum, contacted the ECHO to say that it looked like Bansky had been back to the site.

He said that a "hooded figure" was spotted repainting the wall amid a flurry of excitement from people on the street.

The new painting shows the Love Plane inside the hole that was left by the previous artwork but with a new addition.

The plane is now trailing a black banner with the words "I’m Back" written inside.

It is not yet known whether this is an official Bansky painting, as the artist only confirmed his previous Liverpool works by posting images of them on his social media pages.

At the time the artwork was removed from it’s site, people in the city slammed developers for wanting to move it to a gallery.

A message was left on the plaque that announced the move saying that street art should not require an entrance fee.

The message said: "Dear robbing b*******, street art is not meant to be put in a museum.

"It’s here for everyone to enjoy, not for the elite, not for an entrance fee.

"Lots of love us artists."

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