THIEVES who broke into outbuildings at an East Lothian golf club, stole carts and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, Prestonpans, said around £25,000 of theft and damage had been caused during the break-in, which happened between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Craig Mackay, club president, said it was particuarly "devastating" because members with mobility issues used the carts to play at the course.

It is the second Christmas blow to the club in as many years.

Last December greenkeepers at the club arrived to find vandals had ripped up the 10th green with a vehicle after entering the grounds.

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Mr Mackay said of this week's thefts: "This is a devastating scenario for our members as many of the carts stolen or damaged are used by our members who, for a variety of reasons are unable to walk the golf course.

"We are working closely with Police Scotland in connection with this incident and I would ask anyone who has information to contact them directly on the non emergency number 101."