One of Weymouth's most iconic structures is to receive urgent repairs after allegedly being vandalised.

The Jubilee Clock, which only had a full renovation a year ago, will undergo repairs over the next week after one of its panels was damaged in a suspected vandalism incident.

The metal panel at the base of the Grade II listed clock was removed and prised into a different position, according to Weymouth Town Council (WTC).

A council spokesman said: "WTC officers investigated the damage to the Jubilee Clock as soon as they were made aware by the public.

"The council have notified the conservation officer. As the monument is listed officers have engaged a specialist contractor to carry out the repair. The works should be completed this week.

"The damaged panel will now be more securely fixed using a specialist cast weld and repainted to the exact specification of the existing decoration.

"The councils’ buildings services engineer advises that no major structural damage has been caused."

As reported, the Jubilee Clock was given a spruce up when it underwent a full refurbishment last spring. It was fenced off for several weeks while work including repairs, cleaning and painting was carried out.

The former Weymouth and Portland Borough Council (WPBC) commissioned the refurbishment.

Jubilee Clock was built in 1887 for the Jubilee of Queen Victoria – marking her 50th year on the throne.