Police are hunting vandals who scribbled “hateful graffiti” on a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales they thought belonged to a second home owner.
The message ‘go home second home’ was written on doors at a house in Worton, between Leyburn and Hawes, at the weekend.
But the occupant and local police have confirmed the property is a permanent residence.
The vandalism comes as fears grow that second home owners returning to their country property could bring coronavirus with them and infect the local population.
The owner has since put a notice up in their window stating that the property is not a second home.
The occupant said that while they did travel for work, the semi-detached cottage was their only residence.
A woman, who declined to be named, said: “I work away but I only have one house and this is it.
“I’ve informed the police.”
On the 29th March hateful graffiti has been written on doors at a residential property in Worton including the words 'Second home go home'. Unacceptable in any situation but ironically the householder is a permanent resident. Any info on 101 ref 12200053511
— Dales Police (@DalesPolice) April 2, 2020
Inspector Mark Gee, neighbourhood policing inspector for Richmondshire, said the vandalism was “unacceptable and disappointing in a small community where everybody should be helping each other at these difficult times”.
He added: “This is someone who has suffered a crime which has caused understandable upset and a community where she is a permanent residence.
“As things progress we’re going to need more tolerance and understanding shown by everyone.”
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 12200053511.