Tottenham, UK

BBC

A mural by street artist Banksy showing two children playing with a “no ball games” sign has been cut out of a wall in Tottenham, north London.

The graffiti, which appeared on the side of a shop at the junction of Tottenham High Road and Philip Lane in 2009, is to be sold for charity.

Janet Cooke, who works nearby, said an “iconic bit of Tottenham” had gone.

The firm managing the sale - the Sincura Group - said it had not been appreciated in situ. Events company Sincura Group also put the Banksy mural Slave Labour up for auction in June.

The artwork, showing a boy making union jack bunting on a sewing machine, was taken from a wall in Wood Green, north London, in February.

It had been sprayed on to the side of a discount store just before the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

The group’s director Tony Baxter said he had been approached and asked if he could manage the sale of No Ball Games.

He declined to say who approached him.He said the piece, one of Banksy’s largest, had to be removed in three pieces. The last section featuring a girl will be removed later, he said.