Burnham-On-Sea’s iconic lighthouse has been hit by graffiti vandals this week as red lettering has been spray-painted along one of its legs.

Several angry readers got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com on Bank Holiday Monday to express their disgust at the graffiti on the Grade II listed building .

The letters ‘FRB’ have been spray painted in six-inch tall red lettering along the length of one of the nine wooden legs.

One reader, Jane Rogers, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I couldn’t believe it when we saw this – it’s disgraceful that such a lovely historical building like this has been targeted in this way. Terrible.”

Another reader, who asked not to be named, said: “Is nothing safe these days? This is such a high profile building for Burnham and it’s upsetting that someone would do this.”

Burnham-On-Sea.com reported the graffiti to Sedgemoor District Council on Monday evening. It owns the building and a clean-up is expected shortly.

The historic building was originally built in 1832 and attracts thousands of walkers and photographers every year.

In 2014, the international media website ‘Huffington Post’ put Burnham-On-Sea lighthouse on a list of the world’s top 10 most beautiful lighthouses, recognising its iconic status.

Burnham-On-Sea lighthouse was given a £20,000 revamp in 2016 when Sedgemoor District Council awarded a contract to a commercial firm to repair and paint the exterior of the building using weather-proof paint.