Six people arrested in France for theft of a work of art from Banksy to the Bataclan


Six people were arrested in France for the theft of a work of art created by Banksy, which commemorated the victims of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.

The thieves used an angle grinder to remove the mural of a grieving girl from a steel security door in the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people died in a wave of gunfire and d attacks across the city that left 130 dead.

Earlier this month, Banksy’s book, stencilled in white paint, was found in good condition after a joint operation by French and Italian police.

Police arrested two people, who were investigated for organized theft, and four others who were charged with concealing theft.

All are currently in detention awaiting trial.

Italian riflemen pose near a work attributed to Banksy, stolen from the Bataclan in Paris in 2019 (Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

The work, part of a series made by Banksy during a visit to Paris in 2018, was stolen from the Bataclan in January 2019.

Video footage is available showing how hooded thieves broke through the fire door to steal the artwork, the theft causing widespread anger in France.

Bataclan called it a “symbol of memory” which “belongs to everyone: locals, Parisians, citizens of the world”.

On November 13, 2015, terrorists in the French capital carried out a series of shootings and suicide attacks, described by then President Fran├žois Hollande as an “act of war”.

A total of 130 people were killed, with the Islamic State later claiming responsibility.

French and Italian police said on June 10 that they had found work on an abandoned farm in the central Abruzzo region of Italy.

One of the French police who intervened in the attack on Bataclan in 2015 was present when the door was found and was overwhelmed with emotion, according to the criminal cell of the French embassy in Rome.

Last November, French prosecutors announced that 20 suspects would be tried for the terrorist attacks in Paris, including Salah Abdeslam, suspected of being the only surviving member of the group of armed men and heavily armed bombers.

Abdeslam was arrested in Belgium several months later after an international manhunt and sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder of police officers in a shootout in Brussels in March 2016.


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