Life saving defibrillator stolen from Mablethorpe on Easter Sunday

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A potentially life-saving defibrillator was stolen by thieves from Mablethorpe on Easter Sunday, just days after being installed.

The defibrillator, which was housed in a coded steel cabinet on the North Promenade, was taken sometime on Sunday.

In March East Midlands Ambulance Service invested £120,000 in 127 defibillators across the East Midlands. The machines are used for when someone has gone into cardiac arrest.

EMAS spokesperson Mel Wright said the defibrillators each cost £750 plus VAT, with the housing costing a further £450 plus VAT.

Programme lead Steve Bonser, of East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “The people that commit this kind of act against our service and the local community are putting lives at risk.

“They should be ashamed of their actions.”

EMAS confirmed the entire £120,000 budget for the defibrillators had been spent on 127 units, meaning no money was left to replace the stolen item.

Lincolnshire Police are investigating and anyone with information is urged to contact them on 101.

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