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Vandals break defibrillator door and cover it in foam

PUBLISHED: 17:21 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 02 October 2018

St John Ambulance, Lowestoft.  Picture: James Bass

St John Ambulance, Lowestoft. Picture: James Bass

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A life-saving defibrillator was the target of mindless vandalism after its protective cabinet was bent open and the inside covered in foam.

Joe Annis, from Sentinel Lesiure Trust, presenting the defibrillator to Anne Willis, unit clinical lead for the Lowestoft St John Ambulance unit (centre). Picture: Mick Howes.Joe Annis, from Sentinel Lesiure Trust, presenting the defibrillator to Anne Willis, unit clinical lead for the Lowestoft St John Ambulance unit (centre). Picture: Mick Howes.

The vandalism happened at the St John Ambulance Lowestoft headquarters in Oxford Road between 9am on Saturday, September 29, and 8am this morning (Tuesday, October 2).

A police spokesman said: “It looks like someone has opened it up and covered it in foam. The door to the unit was damaged but the defibrillator itself was not.”

A spokesman for St John Ambulance said it was “very disappointed” to learn of the damage.

“Fortunately the cabinet is intact and the defib safe so we have left it so that it can be used as intended - in a life threatening emergency, to help try and save someone’s life.

“If you need to use it, when you dial 999 they will give you its location and the lock code. There is no need to try and force the door and that would waste valuable time.

“It is difficult to understand why someone would do such a thing or even feel the need to interfere with life-saving equipment.”

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