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Residents of the Austrian village Fucking will vote later this week on changing its name.

Locals, or Fuckingers as they are known, say they are sick of visitors stealing signs.

Franz Meindl, the mayor of the Tarsdorf municipality, said they had tried everything to keep the signs from going AWOL, “including concrete blocks and special screws.”

Some residents have resorted to adopting ithe 16th century spelling of Fugging to ward off pranksters, but alas to no avail.

Amused tourists continue to descend on the hamlet to take some hilarious holiday snaps.

“They hang on the sign, take photos, some even take their clothes off. For us, it’s just the village’s name. Fucking and that’s it,” said housewife Hilda Galuselder.

The village close to the border with Germany gets its name from a 6th century Bavarian nobleman, Focko.

It became infamous after World War Two when it was a popular detour for off-duty British and American servicemen, who were based in nearby Salzburg.

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