Villagers have daubed 'No More 2nd Homes', 'Greed' and 'Go Away' on buildings in a picturesque village where many properties were empty for long periods of the year.

The protest came as concern grew in some parts of the countryside that wealthy city workers were pricing locals out of the housing market and turning communities into 'ghost villages' by buying homes that they rarely visited.

In the latest incident, vandals defaced the new homes on the night before estate agents were to hold an open day. Their slogans, written in white paint, were washed off before prospective buyers arrived to view the £485,000 properties on Saturday.

Residents of Worth Matravers, Dorset, where more than half of the 174 properties were said to be holiday homes, said the new houses were attacked because they had replaced much-needed amenities.

Daily Telegraph