Scout Leader, David Reeves Hall, contacted Edgar Brothers after the incident to ask if they could help with replacing the guns.

David explained that the police had been sympathetic but there was nothing they could do.

?The burglars left the hut in quite a mess. This is the first time we have been broken into, and to be honest, as a charity and a thriving scout troop, with a good relationship with the local community, we really didn’t expect to be broken into ? vandalism maybe, but professional robbery, definitely not.?

The Cheshire-based distributor donated three Hatsan Model 1000S Striker airguns and a Hatsan Striker Junior all in .177 calibre.

Ladds Guns of Crediton also gave a helping hand by supplying an Infac Gun Safe to securely store them in.

Group scout leader, Mike Hayes, added that the 22 children in the troop are thrilled with the generous donations.

?The boys and girls are extremely keen on shooting and several of them are really quite talented. Ideally, we would like a team to go forward to the National Scout Shooting Competition at Bisley Shooting Ground in Surrey.?

Edgar Brother?s Derek Edgar said he was delighted to be able to help: ?We jumped at the chance to assist to be honest. It?s such a sad story, and the Scouts were understandably very upset by the robbery. I hope the children get a lot of pleasure from shooting their new Hatsan air rifles.?