We just placed a call to London's Metropolitan Police, who confirmed that the Banksy is still safely under cover.
And there are no reports about the alleged arrest on BBC or CNN, which both supposedly covered the story according to the press release on PRLog.
Tellingly, the contact address for the release is an email address at the domain name www.iywib.com, a humor site (it's currently down).
Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked ... as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia
There have been numerous rumours and theories as to Banksy's identity. Names often suggested include Robert Banks and Robin Gunningham. In 2004, an alleged photograph of him in Jamaica at the Two-Culture Clash Project surfaced.
In October 2007, a story on the BBC website featured a photo allegedly taken by a passer-by in Bethnal Green, London, purporting to show Banksy at work with an assistant, scaffolding and a truck. The story confirms that Tower Hamlets Council in London has decided to treat all Banksy works as vandalism and remove them.
Through the pictures, Banksy's identity was speculated to be Robin Gunningham, a man born in Bristol on 28 July 1973. Gunningham was educated at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, and, according to a former friend, was "extremely talented at art." Gunningham lived with artist Luke Egan. Around 2000, when Banksy moved from Bristol to London, Gunningham is known to have moved from Bristol to a London flat in Hackney, and a number of Banksy's most famous works appeared nearby. At that time, Gunningham lived with Jamie Eastman, who worked for a record label that used illustrations by Banksy
Banksy himself states on his website:
I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
reply to post by blupblup
Yeah, he's really an 'Establishment eccentric' rather than urban guerilla and the rich folk like collecting his stuff like anyone else. More to the point, he's probably living well in the Chelsea area and having his Saturday tea with the Gallaghers.