Beautiful actress Kate Winslet and new husband Sam Mendes are being urged by their neighbours to join a protest against travellers who are invading their picturesque village.

Kate and her American Beauty director spouse, who secretly married in May (03), are being rallied by fellow residents of Church Westcote in Gloucestershire, England, to oppose the recent influx of caravan-dwelling gypsies who have set up camp in the attractive hamlet.

Parish chairman TREVOR BIGGS explains, "We are looking for a two-thirds majority of all the returned papers before we take any action."

This is the latest in a string of troubles for the couple since they bought their 18th century manor house last year (02) - the movie pair have been battling with planning officials to be allowed to renovate the property.

23/07/2003 13:23