At least one person has profited from Elmbridge’s involvement in the Olympics, by selling off official bunting against council advice.

A Walton seller sold some of the bunting on Ebay for £9.48, stating it had been used during the cycle race.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Our town has been stripped of anything within reach - shame.”

A spokesman for Elmbridge Council said: “We would politely request that residents do not remove any of the London 2012 Olympic banners and bunting that have been put up across the borough of Elmbridge.

“These were put in place to celebrate the entire Olympic and Paralympic Games and for everyone to enjoy.

“They will remain in place until the closing of the Paralympic Games later in September.”