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Life-saving defibrillator destroyed by vandals

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 October 2017

The defibrillator will be fixed as soon as possible. Picture: BARB Search and Rescue.

The defibrillator will be fixed as soon as possible. Picture: BARB Search and Rescue.

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A life-saving defibrillator on Burnham’s seafront has been destroyed by vandals.

The equipment was installed last year to help people who suffer cardiac arrests outside the town’s BARB Search and Rescue Hovercraft base.

But the machine was smashed in the early hours of Sunday morning and South Western Ambulance Service will now have to repair it and ensure it is safe to use.

It was in place on the seafront complete with instructions on what to do in an emergency.

A spokesman for BARB said: “We are disappointed this piece of lifesaving equipment has been vandalised.

“This defibrillator is for the use by members of the public in case of any incidents of cardiac arrest. The defibrillator will now be out of commission until South Western Ambulance Service can arrange repair of the waterproof cabinet and check the defibrillator for internal damage.”

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