Who on earth could stoop so low?
That’s the question all right-thinking people will be asking themselves today when they read the shocking story on page 14.
While a volunteer from the community first responder team was on call at an emergency, somebody entered their vehicle parked in Sydney Road, Gosport and stole a defibrillator.
That’s right. They actually took a £1,000 piece of equipment that is used to help save life in the event of a heart attack.
As a shocked and saddened Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage says: ‘It is unfathomable why someone would put people’s lives in jeopardy by stealing such valuable medical equipment.’
She has been calling for community groups and businesses in Gosport to install defibrillators. So to discover that someone is prepared to steal one must be extremely galling.
Doesn’t the person responsible realise that community first responders need defibrillators to be able to do their valuable work?
It’s bad enough that someone has so little conscience that they can steal from people who give their time to help others. But how much worse to discover that it was taken from a volunteer’s vehicle? Imagine how they must feel.
The defibrillator was paid for by the community through donations and will now need to be replaced by the community first responder scheme. Finding £1,000 will not be easy.
We urge anybody who might know anything about this despicable theft to contact the police right away. Call 101 with crime reference number 44150437882. Or you could call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
We just hope the person responsible is reading this and that they are shamed into returning the defibrillator immediately.