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Stolen Posters By Stik Returned To Hackney

Hackney residents were dismayed when prints designed by a local street artist were stolen recently. However, the police have said that the return of the posters is ‘really encouraging’, and that the public has ‘done the right thing’.

BBC News reports that 100,000 posters of Holding Hands, designed by the artist Stik, were due to be given away to every household in Hackney, but many residents did not receive their poster. After copies were seen for sale online, Stik and the police appealed for their return.

Copies of the 50cm by 50cm poster by the local street artist were distributed with the council’s Hackney Today newspaper to celebrate the installation of a Holding Hands sculpture in Hoxton Square

About 4,000 of the posters have turned up, along with another 1,000 that had come back prior to the artist going public, Scotland Yard said.

“Holding Hands shows two people looking in opposite directions yet holding hands in a symbol of universal love and solidarity,” Stik said.

“The fact that so many prints were returned to the people of Hackney only amplifies its meaning.”

Detective Constable James Readman said it was ‘really encouraging’ that the public has listened to the appeal and done the right thing by returning a large proportion of the prints.

He added that he hoped residents were touched by the generosity of Stik, who funded the posters out of his own pocket and wanted to do something nice for residents of the London borough, because he wanted to “bring a smile to people’s faces, during what has been an incredibly difficult year for most.”

“Unfortunately, some individuals saw an opportunity to make money and took it.”

DC Readman added that he was pleased with the response, and believes Stik is in the process of distributing the posters to the rightful recipients.

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