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Life saving equipment stolen from ambulances

Life-saving equipment worth tens of thousands of pounds has been stolen from East Grinstead Ambulance Station.

It happened between 4pm on 30th June and 7.45am on the 3rd of July.

A locked store room and two ambulance vehicles were broken into, and at least six defibrillators valued at a total of around £34,000 were stolen.

A further break-in occurred at the station overnight on Sunday and on this occasion a set of keys to an ambulance were stolen.

The ambulance itself was not damaged or stolen.

The incidents are being linked to a similar theft of medical equipment from Hastings Ambulance Station on 25th June.

This is a truly despicable crime committed by someone who clearly has no conscious for the wellbeing of others."

"Defibrillators are vital in saving lives and we’re keen to return the stolen items to our emergency services at the earliest opportunity. They cost thousands of pounds, and often the purchase of such equipment is done so through community fundraising."

– nspector Paul Wood, of the Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Team