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‘Mindless vandals’ have attempted to steal a potentially life-saving defibrillator from outside a library in Sandown.

The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service was notified last week that an attempt was made to steal the device from its location on the High Street on Thursday night.

Defibrillators are lifesaving equipment and members of the community have been especially trained to use one in case of an emergency. Anyone of any age or fitness can suffer a cardiac arrest and may need a defibrillator.

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Louise Walker, Head of Ambulance Training and Community Response Services (ATCoRS) says:

“This is very disappointing; please can everyone in the community be extra vigilant. Any suspected or known vandalism should be reported to the Police who are already investigating the current incidents”.

At the end of October a defibrillator was reported missing from Haylands Primary School in Ryde.

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