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Image caption The work was found on the side of a house in Bristol – the home of the elusive artist

Artwork that appeared on the side of a house in Bristol has been confirmed as being the work of the graffiti artist Banksy.

The piece appears to be inspired by Valentine’s Day, depicting a stencil of a young girl firing a slingshot of red flowers made with spray painted ivy.

The graffiti appeared on the side of a house in Barton Hill on Thursday.

Banksy published a picture of the work on his Instagram page at midnight on Valentine’s Day.

Kelly Woodruff, 37, whose father owns the property, said: “I kind of like the Valentine’s theme with it.

“As it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s really special and to have it in 3D with the flowers is incredible.”

Image caption The artwork had been covered with a plastic screen to protect it

She added that the flowers that were put on the road sign had already been stolen, along with a protective plastic screen they placed on it yesterday evening.

Ms Woodruff said she wanted to “protect” the artwork, as Storm Denis approaches.

“We’re not sure where to go from here. We’re going to get some advice,” she added.

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Image caption The red flowers were placed on the street sign below

Bristol Somali Community Association, based in Barton Hill, tweeted about the artwork after it was spotted.

Co-founder Saed Ali wrote: “We hope it’s Banksy’s work.

“Come and have a look yourself. Whoever painted, it’s worth admiring their creativity.”

Image caption Sarah Britton, 39, from nearby St George, was one of the many who stopped to take photos
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Image caption The artwork has caused a stir in Bristol

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