The work pictured a teary-eyed young girl, which bears a close resemblance to the promotional artwork for the musical Les Misérables, in a cloud of CS gas. A QR code was placed beside the work, which, when scanned, played a link to a video of French police carrying out clearing tactics at the Calais migrant camp.

Banksy's latest work, opposite the French Embassy, Knightsbridge Image via the artist's website Banksy's latest work, opposite the French Embassy, Knightsbridge
Image via the artist's website

In the 7 minute video, French riot police appear to be using teargas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades. However, Steve Barbet, a police spokesperson, denied the use of such tactics, stating the police would only use teargas at the extent that it was ''absolutely necessary to restore public order'' and that ''it [has] never been used in the camp itself.''

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It is reported that the property developer of the construction site, where the work appeared, has covered the work in a bid to keep it from being stolen or damaged. Metropolitan Police were called to the mural on Sunday evening after reports that a group of men were using force in an attempt to remove the work.

Banksy, Keep It Spotless, 2007. Sold at Sotheby’s New York on February 14, 2008. Image via Sotheby's Banksy, Keep It Spotless, 2007.
Sold at Sotheby’s New York
on February 14, 2008.
Image via Sotheby's

In 2008, Banksy's defaced Hirst, Keep it Spotless sold at Sotheby's for $1 870 000. The fact that Banksy's latest mural appeared on his website, proving its authenticity, makes this work especially valuable.

This is not the first time Banksy has used his artwork to take air his views on the migrant crisis. In December last year, an artwork appeared on the wall of the camp which depicted the late Steve Jobs, with a black bin bag and an original Apple computer in his hand. The work aimed to shed light on Jobs's ancestry, as he was the son of a Syrian migrant who fled to America following the second world war.

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Banksy released this statement, which he rarely does to accompany his work, on the piece: "We're often led to believe migration is a drain on the country's resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world's most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs."

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Last year, Banksy's colossal Dismaland was dismantled and used to create shelters for migrants at the Calais camp. The dystopian theme park also featured art which depicted migrants making the treacherous journey to seek refuge.

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