Mindless yobs smash life-saving equipment

Cllr Carol Hart with the vandalised defibrillator at the Powtrell Pavilion.

Cllr Carol Hart with the vandalised defibrillator at the Powtrell Pavilion.

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The mindless yobs who vandalised a life-saving piece of kit have been urged by a councillor to own up to their crime – before the police come knocking at their doors.

On Saturday evening the defibrillator was ripped off a wall outside Powtrell Pavilion, in Beech Lane, West Hallam, vandalised and then dumped in a nearby garden.

Smashed vodka bottles and beer cans were found at the scene on Sunday morning and a member of the public spotted five youngsters – three boys and two girls – throwing the defibrillator into his garden.

The life-saving piece of kit – which is easily used to treat a heart attack – cost more than £1,000 to install a few months ago and was paid for by grants.

Cllr Carol Hart, chairman of West Hallam Parish Council, said she was hopeful that the kit could be repaired for around £200, but said that the parish council might have to buy a replacement.

She said: “This is an example of mindless vandalism at its most profound. By smashing it up and dumping it, those responsible had no motivation at all aside from vandalism. Wouldn’t it be ironic if one of the culprits, or somebody they knew, needed it?”

Cllr Hart added: “It leaves me speechless to think some stupid idiots could find pleasure in breaking this machine.

“Hopefully we have footage of the culprits but it would be good if they could own up and apologise rather than waiting for the police to come knocking.”