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Defibrillator stolen from Portadown Spar: PSNI calls for return of life-saving device

'This may have been someone's idea of a drunken prank. It certainly isn't funny'

The PSNI is calling for the return of a defibrillator stolen from a Spar store on the Armagh Road/Brownstown Road in Portadown.

The device was taken sometime between December 30 and January 3.

A statement posted on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook said the theft "may have been someone's idea of a drunken prank. It certainly isn't funny, and has left no one laughing."

It said that the priority is to have the device life-saving device returned.

"Obviously, we would be very keen to speak to the person responsible, however our number one role is to protect life, and therefore it follows that our priority here is to get this device back. Someone out there knows something about this. If you know who has it, lets get this life-saving device recovered and back where it belongs - protecting the community.

"Again, our priority is to have this device returned. I'm sure community reps or indeed anyone else with a conscience would be all too glad to take possession of it and return it.

"If however you know who has it and want to let us know- call 101. The incident number is 427 of 03/01/17. If you would rather speak to someone anonymously you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

The PSNI also revealed that they are in the process of recovering CCTV of the incident.

"If you have this machine, and you want to avoid your image being shared across the country on this very page, you know what you have to do. Make this right," the statement added.

Update: The defibrillator has now been recovered

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