'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop window

Stormzy's stab vest, a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras and a re-imagining of cartoon character Tony the Tiger have appeared in the windows of a disused shop, in what could be one of Banksy's biggest UK works. The art installations were spotted in the front windows of the store - which has a new sign reading "Gross Domestic Product" - in Croydon, south London. Music therapist Fraser Moyle noticed the artworks on his way to a gym located above the shop in the town centre on Tuesday morning.

Image: The store had a new sign labelled 'Gross Domestic Product'. Pic: MR FOX CROYDON

The 29-year-old from Croydon told Sky News: "Initially at first I wasn't sure it was Banksy but then I saw people filming it. I spent the next half an hour looking at it all instead of going to the gym."

Banksy, who usually posts his works onto his Instagram, has so far not commented. However, an original or replica of the stab-and-bullet-proof vest he made for Croydon-born star Stormzy to wear during this year's Glastonbury festival is featured in one of the shop's five windows.

A label by the vest reads: "A version of the 'John Bull' English gents waistcoat updated for modern times. This customised body armour is capable of stopping bullets up to .45 calibre and is fully stab proof.

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'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Stormzy wore a Banksy-designed stab vest at Glastonbury

"As worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury festival (because it's very dangerous there). Yet not machine washable [sic].

Signed. Edition of 5 plus 2 A/P." Banksy's name is written underneath a barcode on the sign.

Mr Moyle, who is a fan of Banksy's work, said: "Obviously a lot of it is political. One window focused on economy, one on the police - Stormzy's stab vest is in there.

'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Crowds gathered to view the artworks on Tuesday.

Pic: MR FOX CROYDON'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: One of the artworks includes a cradle surrounded by CCTV. Pic: @frasermoyle

"Some of the pieces don't have an explanation but some have a barcode as if you can buy them but obviously you can't."

Few people were viewing the artworks at around 7am but a larger crowd had gathered later in the day, Mr Moyle said. "There's always been a lot of artwork on the walls in Croydon and this must be one of the biggest things Banksy's things he's done," he added. "I'm pleased it's in Croydon, it will bring a lot of people to the area."

'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Drawings, as well as installations, featured in the store. Pic: MR FOX CROYDON

As well as Stormzy's stab vest, which has a Union Jack design, other artworks in the Croydon shop include a counting toy for children featuring a truck full of figurines of migrants. There is also a model of cereal box cartoon character Tony the Tiger re-imagined as a rug and a tombstone with the inscription "You have reached your destination".

Commenting on the counting toy, Mr Moyle said: "It's quite low in the window at kids' level so people might not be happy about that but I think overall people will be happy it's there."

'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: A counting toy using migrants on a lorry featured on the shop floor. Pic: MR FOX CROYDON'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Banksy is known for his street art style. Pic: MR FOX CROYDON

Andrew Taylor, 32, who owns cocktail pub Mr Fox opposite the store, told Sky News: "My first reaction was just wow, we noticed works going on in the building over the weekend, but had no idea that it was going to be this. "I think its incredible for Croydon! the place is buzzing this morning with excitement, as word filtered round the town centre."

Mr Taylor added: "The piece that stood out the most, is probably the Tony the Tiger shot. However the link with Stormzy and the iconic jacket from his Glastonbury performance is just as impressive, really hard to pick an individual piece.

'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Plates, mugs and graffiti cans are part of the display.

Pic: MR FOX CROYDON'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Life jackets in the style often seen on migrants crossing the channel were included. Pic: MR FOX CROYDON

"We will certainly be raising a cocktail or two this evening to celebrate this great news for Croydon.

We may even make a cheeky cocktail in his honour!" A police riot shield with a disco ball - entitled Met Ball - is in the same window as the stab vest and tombstone. It comes with a label that states that the "police are having a great time, smoke grenades not included", according to Mr Moyle.

Shortly before lunchtime speakers were installed on the store and played what Mr Taylor described as "atmospheric" music. The web address grossdomesticproduct.com is on one of the labels on display, reflecting the name on the shop's sign.

'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: Banksy has not yet confirmed that the artworks are his.

Pic: @frasermoyle'Banksy' artworks including Stormzy's stab vest appear in Croydon shop windowImage: How the shop used to look. Pic: Google Street View

The website brings up a blank screen with the words "hello gdp2" written in a small font in the top left corner.

Banksy is an anonymous street artist known for political and satirical works of art that are designed to appear as if overnight.

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