A Weymouth school closed due to a suspected chemical leak following reports of a chlorine smell inside the building. 

St Augustine's Catholic Primary School was closed today (10) following the incident which occurred yesterday evening.

In a statement posted to the school's website on Tuesday, it says the closure was a precautionary measure as it tried "to ascertain the source."

It read: "We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Please rest assured that we are imminently trying our hardest to rectify the situation, however safety of children and staff is paramount. We will endeavour to update you throughout the day."

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service was called to the suspected leak at 5.52pm yesterday.

A spokesman for the service said: "Crews used gas monitors to test the air and assessed it as clear. There are no details to confirm that there was a leak of any kind, just confirmation of a chlorine smell."

Dorset Police said it was alerted by the fire service about a chemical smell at the school but had no further involvement. 

Parents were informed of the closure through the school's messaging service last night.

It has been confirmed that the school will re-open tomorrow.