A second man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and damage to another’s property after a road sign featuring street art artist Banksy was removed in south-east London, police said.

A man in his 20s was arrested on Saturday for the same offenses and released pending further inquiries.

The artwork, a red stop sign with three military drones appeared last Friday in Peckham. The artist confirmed that it was his work and a few hours later the sign was removed by a man. The theft took place in front of eyewitnesses, some of whom recorded the footage. The video went viral, while police were appealing for information about the incident or the whereabouts of the sign.

London’s Metropolitan Police announced, according to the BBC, that the second person arrested is in his 40s and remains in custody.

The police investigation was launched following a report of the theft by Southwark local council.

After the artwork was removed, a new number plate was installed by the local authority to prevent the risk of accidents.

Banksy’s followers on Instagram have widely interpreted his new work as a call for a ceasefire in Gaza.