A defibrillator stolen from Western Road was found undamaged outside a shop today (Thursday, July 23).
The G3 defibrillator worth £850, made by Cardio Science and used to help resuscitate victims of heart attacks, was removed from a wall outside the Co-op just past midnight on Friday (July 17).
But this morning it was found in perfect working order in a shop doorway and is now back in place.
Prestige Stairlifts had offered to replace the defibrillator but community first responder and team leader Mike Dean was relieved to see it returned undamaged.
“A lot of time was spent on trying to locate the defibrillator over the last week as the police take the theft of life-saving equipment very seriously,” he said.
“At least we’ve got it back now and hopefully with all the support we’ve had on social media, they might think twice before doing anything like this again.
Mr Dean condemned the thieves for stealing a vital piece of equipment which has put the lives of people in the town centre at risk.
“It’s absolutely mindless, you can’t play with them and it means that since last Thursday the town centre has been without that equipment.
“It hurts the good will of those people who have raised money for the defibrillator in memory of their loved ones.”
The first suspect is a white man, aged 25-35, of average build and with short dark hair.
He was wearing grey jogging bottoms with white writing on the right leg, a v-neck t-shirt, light trainers and a tattoo on his right forearm.
The second is described as a white woman, aged 25-35, of slim build and with short dark hair brushed to one side and was wearing shorts and trainers.
The third is a white man, aged 25-35, of average build and was wearing dark trousers and a dark-coloured hooded top with short dark receding hair.
Call 101 with information.
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