Vandals damage defibrillator cabinet in Lichfield city centre

Vandals have smashed a cabinet containing a lifesaving defibrillator in Lichfield.

Jamie Richards from AEDdonate next to the damaged defibrillator cabinet

Jamie Richards from AEDdonate next to the damaged defibrillator cabinet

The unit outside Barclays Bank was damaged overnight on Thursday.

It means the defibrillator is having to be kept inside the bank and is now only available during its opening hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Matt Heward, said: “This is extremely frustrating and could potentially end up costing a life.

“Lichfield is a busy area and somewhere we would ideally like to install more defibrillators. However, this means that temporarily there will be less available for members of the public to use in case of an emergency, the complete opposite of what we are trying to achieve.

“Defibrillators are there in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating.

“Unfortunately, if a cardiac arrest takes place in Lichfield whilst the bank is closed, we currently have one less defibrillator available to potentially save a life.”

It is hoped the cabinet will be repaired in the coming weeks.

Jamie Richards, from defibrillator charity AEDdonate, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that this has happened and will cost approximately £700 to replace, money that could have been put towards installing another defibrillator within the area.

“Obviously it will take some time to sort out the funding and replacement cabinet, so it is not yet possible to say how long it will be until the defibrillator is available 24/7 again.”

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