A community leader has reacted with fury to news that a beach hut has sold for a reported £85,000 in his coastal resort.

The little wooden hut at Abersoch, North Wales, complete with its own small patch of sand, smashed its guide price of £75,000 when it was bought by a mystery purchaser.

Aran Jones, the chief executive of Cymuned, which champions local causes in Wales, called for a tax on such sales so residents could benefit. 'People who live in Gwynedd are fed up with hearing about these absurd prices for ugly sheds on Abersoch beach while local people cannot afford houses,' he said.

Financial Times