UPDATE 3PM: Life-saving equipment returned

The defibrillator in its case ANL-160127-131003001
The defibrillator in its case ANL-160127-131003001
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Life saving equipment thought to have been stolen had actually been used by LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) for a genuine medical emergency and has now been returned.

1.16PM: Witnesses are being sought after a defibrillator was removed from a Spalding building.

The defibrillator ANL-160127-131014001

The defibrillator ANL-160127-131014001

It was taken from its distinctive yellow case on the wall of Broadgate House, adjacent to Westlode Street car park, some time between Friday, January 22 and Monday, January 25.

The device, which can be used by members of the public to help resuscitate people who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was installed last year along with two others in Spalding town centre by a group of South Holland councillors using their designated ward budgets.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for health and safety, said: “We’re extremely surprised and saddened by this, as the defibrillator is of little financial value to anyone.

“It was installed to help protect the public and we would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.”

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.

A defibrillator works by emitting a high energy electric shock which restores the heart’s natural rhythm.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or Nick Kendrick at South Holland District Council on 01775 761161.

Alternatively, the defibrillator can be returned to South Holland District Council’s reception at our offices in Priory Road, Spalding, with no questions asked.