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Vandals damage lifesaving equipment at Ballynahinch riverbank

By Adrian Rutherford

Police have criticised vandals who damaged lifesaving equipment near a river in Co Down.

Officers posted an image of rescue rope which had been ripped from its holder and left strewn along the riverbank near Ballynahinch.

The image appeared on the PSNI Down Twitter feed yesterday.

One officer posted: “Where is the fun in destroying lifesaving equipment?” alongside the image they took while out on the river earlier in the day.

Last week a lifesaving defibrillator was destroyed after it was removed from its housing and smashed in Londonderry.

In that incident equipment was damaged outside Curry’s Spar in Church Meadow during the early hours of last Sunday, August 21.

Curry’s Spar posted CCTV footage of the incident online.

It described how, shortly before 4.30am in the morning, the vandal activated the defibrillator before vandalising and destroying the device.

“The defibrillator was raised through the efforts of our branch and local community, it is owned by the local community and is vital lifesaving equipment,” the store said.

Police 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 lifesaving equipment.”

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