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CCTV footage shows moment life-saving defibrillator is damaged after being removed and thrown in Derry

Published 21/08/2016

CCTV footage has been released which shows the moment a live-saving defibrillator was damaged after it was removed from the wall and thrown in Londonderry.

Police are appealing for witnesses after it was damaged outside Curry's Spar in Church Meadow during the early hours of Sunday August 21.

It was reported that at around 4.20am the defibrillator was removed from its storage container on the wall of a local shop and thrown onto the Rossdowney Road causing considerable damage to it.

Curry's Spar has posted the CCTV footage of the incident to Facebook.

It said: "At 4:21am today, the person in this CCTV activated the life saving defibrillator installed outside our Church Meadows branch, the person then proceeds to vandalise and destroy this life saving equipment.

"The defibrillator was raised through the efforts of our branch and local community, it is owned by the local community and is vital life saving equipment."

Inspector Gregory Smyth said: “This defibrillator was installed for the whole community to use in the case of an emergency and it is very disappointing that someone would want to damage this important piece of life saving equipment.

“I am appealing for anyone who has any information about this incident to contact police in Strand Road by calling 101 and quoting reference number 445 of 21/08/16. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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