CASH aid of more than £1,700 will help increase security and buy new tools following a break-in at Musselburgh Men’s Shed earlier this year.

A crowdfunding initiative raised about £740 and the Tranent-based Walk with Scott Foundation and East Lothian Police Community Fund both donated £500 each.

A number of hand and power tools were stolen at the break-in in March.

The theft left members without tools which were essential for community and personal projects.

Community police officers recently met Kevin Young, project manager with the charitable organisation DadsWork, at the shed at Newbigging.

PC Rory Edwards shared crime prevention advice and handed over £500 from the East Lothian Police community fund to assist with the purchase of new equipment.

The officers spoke with volunteers who showed them the premises and gave them an insight into the valuable work, support and counselling they provide.

The charity is a community project offering a safe space for men to reduce isolation and engage in practical projects.

PC Edwards said: “I was delighted to offer some crime prevention advice on the security of the shed after the break-in, and really pleased to be able to provide this sum of money, which covers the costs of the tools stolen.

“It was great to see the project in action and the positive impact it has on so many people.”