Vandals put lives at risk after causing damage to defibrillator

The debfibrillator at The Edge Community Centre was ripped from the wall by vandals, putting it temporarily out of operation EMN-160913-204149001
The debfibrillator at The Edge Community Centre was ripped from the wall by vandals, putting it temporarily out of operation EMN-160913-204149001
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Vandals who attacked a defibrillator in Melton could have put someone’s life at risk say police and disgusted community members.

The emergency life-saving equipment at The Edge Community Centre in Dalby Road was ripped from the wall, temporarily putting it out of operation. The device, installed at The Edge in 2014 and which has since been updated, can be used in the event of someone having a sudden heart condition.

Melton Police reported the vandalism on its Facebook page on Sunday night, sparking a furious reaction from disgusted members of the local community.

Thankfully thanks to LOL Electrical Contracts in Melton, a company which helps with a lot of the trust’s schemes, the cabinet was quickly restored to a workable condition and put back up on the wall free of charge.

Martin Fagan, national secretary of The Community Heartbeat Trust charity, said: “We are deeply saddened that needless vandalism may have resulted in unnecessary deaths in the recent damage done to the community defibrillator at the Edge Community Centre on Dalby Road.

“These are devices there to save a life and this needless vandalism is placing people at risk. However we are very grateful to Melton Police and also for LOL Electrical contracts in Melton for restoring the device to a workable condition within two hours of being notified. This just shows that there are very community focussed people around!”

Police have appealed for anyone with information about those responsible for the vandalism to contact Pc Ian McGrath at Melton Police Station or call 101.