VANDALS have damaged a life-saving defibrillator at Port Seton Centre.

The damage could cost around £1000 to repair.

The security box, which ensures the defibrillator can be accessed 24-hours a day, could need to be fully replaced.

The box not only keeps the defibrillator safe, it also ensures the equipment is kept at the right temperature.

Vandals have smashed the glass panel, meaning the cold air is getting in and the life-saving equipment may no longer be in working order.

The security keypad which keeps the defibrillator under lock unless there is an emergency has also been damaged.

A police spokesman said: "Officers are investigating the report of damage to a defibrillator in Port Seton. The defibrillator which is situated at the community centre, South Seton Park, Port Seton appears to have been vandalised.

"The damage was reported to police on Monday 11 November 2019. On Friday 8 November 2019, a group of youths were seen at the community centre, where a birthday party was being held inside.

“Officers are carrying out door to door enquiries and are reviewing CCTV footage. The damage is estimated at around £1000.

“Anyone who has any information which might assist officers in this inquiry is asked to call police on the 101 number, quoting the reference number 2574 11/11."

Cockenzie and Port Seton has five defibrillators located within the village for public use. Locations of those which are accessible 24 hours a day include: Harbours Medical Practice, Cockenzie Primary School, Links Road Garage and the recently damaged one at Port Seton Community Centre. There is another defibrillator at Thorntree Inn, accessible during the pubs opening hours.