Banksy Hoax: Online world led to believe artist arrested by fake article

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A report which emerged online over the weekend claiming that iconic street artist Banksy had been arrested has turned out to be a hoax. Famous as much for his anonymity as well as his talent, people all around the world have always been very keen to figure out who exactly Banksy is which might explain why this story gained traction in the first place.

The offending article appeared on US website National Report, a site which is known for publishing untrue news stories. A quick browse of the other headlines on the site offer an insight into the style of journalism the website goes for and throws up some gems like "Charlie Sheen’s “Tiger Blood” Might Hold Cure For Ebola, Doctors Say" and "North Korea Pays Ransom To ISIS; Kim Jong-Un Returned With Minor Injuries".

The report even went as far to say that Banksy had been unmasked after the arrest so that the world would now know his identity. The faux story read "After hours of questioning and a raid of his London art studio, his true name and identity have finally been revealed."going on to namecheck Paul Horner from Liverpool.

The name Paul Horner regularly appears in National Report articles having such adventures as writing Breaking Bad episodes and accepting numerous awards for having the biggest penis in the world. The Banksy hoax article added "Horner is currently being held without bail on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting". Banksy's publicist Jo Brooks poured cold water all over the report by simply stating on Twitter that "It's a hoax".

Some good news to come from all this tomfoolery is that the legend that is Banksy will continue for a while longer at least. He has managed to keep his identity a secret ever since he emerged on the street art scene back in 1992 and he has even been on record as saying that even his parents do not know of his graffiti talents. Hopefully the world will be treated to plenty more impromptu works of art in the years to come.

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