Town councillor quits as 'claims he is graffiti artist Banksy make it hard for him to do his job'
'I do not want this allegation to undermine the reputation of Pembroke Dock Town Council'
A town councillor has been forced to quit his job after continuous claims that he is the infamous street artist known only as Banksy.
William Gannon, who served as a councillor for Pembroke Dock's Bufferland Ward in Pembrokeshire, Wales, has stepped down with immediate effect.
Gannon claims that a number of people are convinced he is Banksy, despite the artist's identity not being formally known.
"As you may be aware an allegation has been repeatedly made that I am not who I say I am, but I am the artist Banksy," he wrote on Facebook. "A number of people believe that this allegation is true."
He continued: "This allegation is undermining my ability to do the work of councillor and council rep properly.
"I do not want this allegation to undermine the reputation of Pembroke Dock Town Council."
But the situation is seemingly more serious than a few shouts from across the street, as Gannon reported continuous harassment, intimidating and stalking.
His lengthy statement was shared with the Pembroke Dock & Pembroke Citizens Forum, where page admin Marcel Laval said he was "sickened" to share the news.
"Sadly in past weeks he has been stalked in his own home and subject to numerous personal attacks on four social media pages," he wrote.
Perhaps the real Banksy will come forward in response.
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