Avon and Somerset police has opened an investigation into whether voters had agreed to accept a gift in return for casting their ballot in a certain way.
Banksy’s apparent offer to give free prints to anyone who votes against the Tories is being investigated by police.
Banksy seemed to offer prints of a new limited edition artwork to people in seats around Bristol held by Conservative MPs.
His website said the new piece – a print of his famous “balloon girl” but with the red heart replaced by the Union flag – would be released on June 9, the day after the election.
Avon and Somerset Police said they have launched an investigation.
A spokesman said: “We’ve received a number of complaints about an offer of a free Banksy print to people living in six Bristol constituencies in exchange for them voting in a certain way in the forthcoming election and we can confirm we’re investigating the offer.”
“It is a criminal offence under the Representation of People Act 1983 for any voter to accept or agree to accept a gift or similar in return for voting or refraining from voting.
“Any person participating in an offer to receive a gift is at risk of being prosecuted.”