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'Lives put at risk' after defibrillator vandalised in Lichfield

The case of a defibrillator has been vandalised in Lichfield

A defibrillator has been vandalised in Staffordshire, leaving it out of 24/7 use.

The incident happened outside Lloyds Bank on Market Street in Lichfield last Thursday (10 December) The cabinet that protects the equipment was damaged, resulting in the life-saving device being left open.

As a result of the damage the defibrillator is now having to be kept inside the bank and therefore is only available for the community to use whenever it is open.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Matt Heward, said:

This is extremely frustrating and could potentially end up costing a life. Defibrillators are there in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating.

Unfortunately, if a cardiac arrest takes place in Lichfield whilst the bank is closed, we currently have one less defibrillator available to potentially save a life.”

– Matt Heward

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Six foot singing Santa stolen from nursing home

Officers are on the look out for the burglars Credit: PA

A six foot tall singing Santa figure has been stolen from a nursing home in Lichfield.

The thieves took money, documents and jewellery as well as the festive figure when they broke into the home on Wissage Road sometime between 7.15 pm on Saturday 5 December and 9 am on Monday 7 December.

The Santa decoration had been standing in the home's unlocked porch.

Anyone who has seen (or heard) anything which may help officers catch the burglars is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 111 of 7 December.

Weekend Picks: Lichfield Christmas Festival

Lichfield Christmas Festival: 5th - 6th December (Lichfield City Centre)

Lichfield Christmas Festival gets underway this weekend Credit: Friso Gentsch/DPA/Press Association Images

Get into the Christmas spirit this weekend in the small historic city of Lichfield.

The event includes a market near Lichfield Cathedral selling vintage and traditional Christmas gifts.

A street food event will also take place along the city's Bird Street where local restaurants will offer a selection of food from their menus on the street.

For youngsters there’s a chance to visit Santa in his grotto and take part in festive craft activities.

“This year is set to be even bigger and better with a huge array of gift ideas, festive food and drink, the chance to visit Father Christmas, as well as stilt walkers, fire breathers and colourful costumed characters entertaining festival goers."

– Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council

For prices, times and more information visit: www.visitlichfield.co.uk/christmasfestival

Power restored in Lichfield after fire at substation

Power supplies to homes and businesses have been restored after a fire a substation in Lichfield on Wednesday night.

Fire at a substation in Eastern Avenue. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Emergency services responded to reports of a large fire and power cut in the area at around 8:50pm.

Western Power Distribution have confirmed that power supplies have been restored in Lichfield:

More than 17,000 homes and properties in the Lichfield area were left without power.

At this stage it is no indication of the cause of the blaze.

Fire at substation knocks out power to 17,000 homes

17,000 properties and homes are without power across Staffordshire Credit: PA

Staffordshire Police say a fire at a substation is the reason why more then 17,000 homes and properties in the Lichfield area are currently without power.

Western Power Distribution says its engineers are working to resolve the power outage by midnight tonight.

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More than 17,000 homes without power in Lichfield

More than 17,000 homes and properties are currently without power in Lichfield. Electricity network Western Power Distribution has apologised for the outage which happened in the last few hours.

The company says it's aiming to get supplies back up and running by midnight.

Vigil held to remember victims of Paris attacks

Muslims came together to remember those who were killed in last week's Paris attacks Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central

One week on from the terror attacks in Paris which left 129 dead, people across the Midlands came together this afternoon to remember those who were killed and to show their defiance of the terrorists' threats to bring similar atrocities to this country.

Muslims in Sandwell held a silent vigil in Oldbury Civic Square. The Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN) - a coalition of Sandwell Muslim organisations, mosques and partners - invited representatives from other faiths to join them to remember those who died.

This evening a vigil will be held at Lichfield Cathedral in memory of those killed in last week's Paris attacks, the Russian air disaster in Egypt and the recent bombing in Beirut.

Muslims in Sandwell held a silent vigil in Oldbury Civic Square. Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central
Representatives from other faiths were invited to join them and remember those who died. Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central
The vigil was held by the Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN) - a coalition of Sandwell Muslim organisations, mosques and partners Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central

Report: Lichfield whale trip victim was "vibrant, outgoing and lovely"

The family of a woman from Lichfield who died on a whale-watching trip in Canada say she was "vibrant, outgoing and lovely". Katie Taylor was one of five Britons who lost their lives when the boat capsized at the weekend.

Investigators believe the vessel overturned because passengers were all on the left side of the boat when a large wave hit. Stacey Foster reports.

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