Life-saving defibrillator vandalised

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 April 2018

Council chairman Peter Colton with the damaged box. Picture: Cheddar Parish Council

Council chairman Peter Colton with the damaged box. Picture: Cheddar Parish Council

Cheddar Parish Council

A life-saving device has been vandalised in a Somerset village and it is feared its loss could ‘cost someone their life’.

Cheddar’s traditional red phone box outside The Kings Of Wessex Academy, in Station Road, has been vandalised for the third time this year.

The box, which Cheddar Parish Council bought from BT two years ago, now houses a defibrillator.

Following the latest attack, six panes of glass have been kicked in and a hole burned in another.

Parish council chairman Peter Colton said: “It is costing council tax payers money each time we repair it and, more importantly, if the defibrillator is out of action it could cost someone their life.”

Station Road has been a gathering place for young people in the past and Tesco Express next door confirmed a group of older teenagers have been causing trouble recently, with members of shop staff physically abused.

The police have been informed of the problem.

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