Police in Scotland have launched an investigation after the grave of Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie was vandalised.

Stones from the burial site in the writer's native Kirriemuir have been moved, and officers are now appealing for information from locals.

Town councillor Ronnie Proctor says, "It's a senseless act. It is an iconic place where many tourists come to visit. Something like this could have a (negative impact) on people from coming to visit. That in itself would have a detrimental impact on the town."

The memorial wall and grave is a major draw for fans of the author, who was born in the town in 1860 and buried there following his death in 1937.

The vandalism comes as filming is taking place on Pan, the latest adaptation of his most famous work. The film will star Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund.

Barrie was played by Johnny Depp in 2004 movie Finding Neverland.