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Theft of defibrillator is putting lives at risk in Chatteris

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A group that is fundraising to buy defibrillators for Chatteris have hit out after one of the life-saving devices was stolen.

A defibrillator has been stolen in Chatteris. Photo: Google.
A defibrillator has been stolen in Chatteris. Photo: Google.

The defibrillator housed in an unlocked cabinet outside the Emanuel Church in Chatteris was taken some time last month. It was provided by the British Heart Foundation, who have a policy of not locking storage boxes.

Rosemary Croucher is one of three pensioners who have set up the Community Defibrillators for Chatteris - which aims to provide more of the machines, which can save a life of someone suffering a heart attack so the community has better access to one.

They have held a number of fundraising events and will be installing the first of their defibrillators shortly but Mrs Croucher said: "The British Heart Foundation insist on having unlocked cabinets as they say that it saves minutes having to call to receive a code to enter the box.

"As you will know a defibrillator is of no use to anyone unless in Cardiac Arrest, so anyone who has taken this will have no use for it. It may have been passed on for cash to someone but again unless they are providing medical attention it is of no use.

"We will be helping the Church to arrange further funding, as these units cost in access of £2,000, but as we are also trying for our own means it may delay getting further units in town.

"We want to let the people who have removed it how they are affecting the health of our town, by their stupidity."

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