Fundraiser started to replace defibrillator smashed by vandals at East Sussex football club

Vandals hold the defibrillator before throwing it to the floor Credit: Buxted FC

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after a defibrillator was smashed at a football club in East Sussex.

Buxted FC, near Uckfield, said the incident happened early on Sunday morning and was "heartbreaking".

It was all caught on the club's CCTV system, with the footage now amassing close to a million views on Twitter.

A man and woman can be seen throwing the defibrillator at a wall and then stamping down on it, before proceeding to throw it again.

South East Coast Ambulance Service today presented the club with a loan defibrillator until they can replace the damaged equipment.

  • Video from Buxted FC.

It comes hours after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during his side's Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday, where he received life-saving CPR and defibrillation on the pitch.

Richard Turner, chairman of Buxted FC said the incident was "absolutely disgusting".

However, Mr Turner added that the community had been"brilliant" in its support and many people had offered to help install a new defibrillator.

So much so, since the vandalism, the community has launched an online fundraising page to pay for the replacement medical equipment.

The club has passed the footage on to Sussex Police, who are said to be investigating.