SEVERAL children have been injured after a partial roof collapse at a church hall in Tranent this evening (Tuesday).

The frightening incident happened at Tranent Parish Church Hall during a meeting of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, as well as parents.

Police said that the injuries were not serious.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police in East Lothian responded to an address on Church Street, Tranent, around 6.55pm following reports of a partial roof collapse.

"There have been no serious injuries.

"Police and fire are still on scene securing the building.

"The road was closed for a short period of time but has now re-opened."

One parent who was inside the hall told the Courier: "The ceiling plaster collapsed from the roof over a group of children, the Beavers, and it was chaos - walking wounded and one with head split open."

They added: "The Beaver leader was distraught, three Beavers were being enrolled just as the ceiling came down over all the group.

"This could have been far worse."