The ambulance service in the South East has condemned the theft of a defibrillator from a cricket club in West Malling.
“Defibrillators are such vital pieces of life-saving equipment. It’s really sad that someone has done this. It’s completely mindless and will be of no benefit to those who stole it. I’d urge anyone who has any information at all to come forward immediately.”
– Darren Reynolds, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
Thieves have put members of a village community in potential danger by snatching life-saving equipment from West Malling Cricket Club.
The defibrillator in West Malling has not yet been required to save a life, but hung on the side of the pavilion off Norman Road just in case.
Just after 12pm on Sunday 27 January, club maintenance man Chris Gosney discovered it was missing.
He said: “It would be terrible if, suddenly, we needed it and it wasn't there. It could potentially cost someone their life.”
West Malling Cricket Club was offered a defibrillator last year by South East Coast Ambulance Service in the wake of the heart scare suffered by 23-year-old Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Should someone suffer a cardiac arrest, the defibrillator can detect if an electric shock to the heart would be appropriate. The machine, worth £800, will not administer a shock if one is not required.