VANDALS damaged branches and cut the lights off Ryde Town Council's Christmas tree.

The tree, which was in the town square by the large Co-op, was vandalised on Tuesday.

Ryde Town Council posted on Facebook: "With such positive feedback coming back from the community regarding the Town's Christmas trees it is such a shame that we have to report that the tree in Town Square was vandalised.

"The tree was damaged and some of the lights cut off."

A spokesperson from Isle of Wight Police said the incident was believed to have taken place some time between 8am on Tuesday, December 4 and 8am on Wednesday, December 5.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44180454483.