The rural community of Lunt is considering changing its name because of vandals who repeatedly deface the village sign.
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Residents of the historic Merseyside enclave fear it is becoming a laughing stock because of yobs who frequently deface the first letter of its name.
An alternative name has been proposed by some who are fed up of being greeted by an offensive word every time they enter their village.
Retired police officer Martyn Ball, a prospective Conservative councillor, is canvassing residents for their support for the change.
Dr Ball, now a law lecturer, said: "We are all painfully aware of the repeated times our village sign is defaced by mindless yobs who change the L to a C. Drive in every day and you see a very offensive word."
He has suggested that Launt be used as an alternative name, which he says would be pronounced the same.