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Sunk without a trace...<br />
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Taxpayers have forked out tens of thousands of pounds to pay for the sinking of a concrete fishing boat in the name of art.<br />
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British artist Simon Faithfull bought a boat on eBay with public funds then scuttled it in a dramatic display off the coast of Weymouth, Dorset.<br />
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It is hoped the boat, which now lies around 80ft below the surface, will form an artificial reef to support marine life in Ringstead Bay, Weymouth.<br />
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But there was outrage today after it emerged the project was part-funded by the British taxpayer through grants from the Arts Council.<br />
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Almost half of the 120,000 pounds project cost was met by Arts Council money with the rest coming through European arts grants.