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Burley Banksy to stop painting street art near his home

Popular street artist Andy McVeigh – aka Burley Banksy – has said he will no longer paint in the area around his home due to repeated vandalism.

The artist has been decorating street furniture in the Burley and Kirkstall areas for year, before rising to fame with his Leeds United themed electircity boxes near Elland Road football ground.

The boxes were also targeted by a separate group calling themselves Leeds Residents Against Graffiti.

The 50-year-old said his work was constantly being defaced, but damage to a joint mural (pictured above) he did in memory of a friend who took his own life were the final straw.

Mr McVeigh, a teacher, posted on social media:

“This is me done with the street art, I’m afraid. Haven’t got time or emotional energy to keep repairing them. Most get ruined.

“You’ll never win against scumbags like these.

Also getting abusive messages written about me on my street so they know where I live.

“Very unsettling and I’m concerned next stage is maybe damaging my van or house.”

Mr McVeigh said he could no longer keep up with repairs to his work. He added:

“It takes probably eight hours to do one then two times that for repairs. Have to earn living. Council/cops can’t help they say. It’s affecting mental health. Up all night as now when hear noise outside at 2am I’m worried it’s graffiti lads about to put windows through after messages they wrote.”

Hundreds of supporters on Twitter have rallied round Mr McVeigh.

@placid_casual tweeted:

“Don’t let them win!! Your work does so much good for the city. Keep it up, the positives outweigh negatives.”

Jacqui Honess-Martin added:

“You’ve made a massive change to Burley for the better and as an LS4 resident I will be forever grateful. Thank you.”

Darren John Young added:

“For what it’s worth Andy, for every one arsehole that defaces your work, there are 20,000 Leeds fans who think what you do is absolutely fantastic. I get the security concerns though and you have to do what’s right for you. Whatever you decide, good on ya. MOT.”


  1. I am so sorry that your tribute to your lost friend has been defaced in this disrespectful way. Your street art has brought much pleasure and it is sad but understandable to hear your decision to stop.I hope it may be possible to involve the Council anti-graffiti team in looking after your work which enhances our community, not just art in galleries.

  2. Andy don’t give up. These idiots against graffiti have conveniently forgotten what a mess the communication boxes were before a descent image was put on them. Tags. Tags on all of them, very unsightly, if they can’t remember I have pictures of many. Just to enlighten these people, painting them with something meaningful image was to stop youngsters from daunting them with horrible sometimes offensive text + their initials of course and it worked, they stopped doing it. Carry on Andy and good on you.


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