Speculation is rife that a world-famous street artist has graced the outskirts of Chelmsford.

A mural has been painted on Burnham Road, South Woodham Ferrers showing a Chimpanzee holding a red balloon and sign that reads Love.

The artwork is somewhat similar to previous work created by Banksy. If it is found to be genuine then the mural could be worth a lot of money.

Banksy is an English graffiti artist and political activist, he first emerged in Bristol in the 1990’s but has remained anonymous ever since.

His art is often executed in a distinctive stencilling technique.

His most expensive piece sold in 2008 for $1.87 million.