RESTORATION work to Newport's much-loved former police telephone box, known locally as the Tardis, could start in September.

The listed building in Somerton was awarded £10,500 from the Assembly in January to carry out drastic work.

This was after the metal supports rusted and caused the surrounding material to crack.

The iconic building was fenced off by Newport City Council last year for safety reasons.

The Somerton community went on the look out for grants to restore the Tardis, which is thought to have been built in the 1930s and was one of about 30 in the Newport area.

An application for an Assembly conservation grant was made by Debbie Clark, chairwoman of RASCAL (Regeneration Association Somerton Community at Large.) She said the group was delighted to have been awarded the money, adding: “Everyone from this community loves this telephone box as do many people from further afield and we will now be able to ensure future generations can enjoy it too.”

Bev Weaver, Community First worker from Somerton's Hope Centre, said quotes have gone to tender and work is expected to start in September.