The gravestone of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis has been stolen.

According to a report on the BBC website, it was stolen from Macclesfield Cemetery, where the indie icon is buried, sometime between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Curtis died in 1980, hanging himself in the kitchen of his Macclesfield home.

The gravestone is inscribed with the words: "Ian Curtis, 18-5-80, Love Will Tear Us Apart".

A police spokesman said: ""There is no CCTV in the area and there are no apparent leads as to who is responsible for the theft. This is a very unusual theft and I am confident that someone locally will have knowledge about who is responsible or where the memorial stone is at present."