Wannabe Banksy up in court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man’s decision to try to be the new Banksy ended with him appearing in the dock.

David Blayney, 46, admitted criminal damage to a bank’s cash machine. Magistrates at Blackpool heard how Blaney found a tin of white paint and a paint roller. He started by painting the pavement and then a litter bin.

Then he turned his artistic attention to the ATM, painting it white in front of a crowd on onlooker in the town’s Queen Street.

Staff of a bar worried about customers treading paint into their premise called police and Blayney, formerly of Church Street, admitted criminal damage estimated at £100.

Howard Green, defending, said: “In his own words he was bored and wanted to do something artful...but Banksy he is not.”

Magistrates ordered pre sentence reports on Blayney who will be sentenced in two weeks’ time.