LIFE-saving equipment worth more than £1,000 was stolen from a vehicle.
The theft of a defibrillator happened while a volunteer from the community first responder team was on call at an emergency.
It is unfathomable why someone would put peoples’ lives in jeopardy by stealing such valuable medical equipment.Caroline Dinenage
Their vehicle was parked in Sydney Road, Gosport, when the crime took place.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said she was shocked.
She has been calling for community groups and businesses in Gosport to install defibrillators.
She said: ‘Defibrillators are utterly essential to enable community first responders to carry out life-saving work in our area.
‘Therefore I am shocked and saddened to learn that one was stolen here in Gosport.
‘It is unfathomable why someone would put people’s lives in jeopardy by stealing such valuable medical equipment.’
Community first responders help care for people and save lives in their community.
They are trained to deal with a wide range of potentially life-threatening conditions until the arrival of an ambulance.
Nic Morecroft, lead community responder manager, said: ‘It is unacceptable that this life-saving equipment has been stolen.
‘But for it to have been stolen from a volunteer’s vehicle who responds to serious and life-threatening emergencies is even worse.
‘We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the theft to contact the police as soon as possible.’
The defibrillator was paid for by the community through donations and will now need to be replaced by the community first responder scheme.
A spokesman from the South Central Ambulance Service confirmed it was not the device bought in memory of Dr Ronak Patel.
Friends and family of Dr Patel donated a defibrillator with a commemorative plaque to the Gosport community first responders last month.
The incident occurred on December 14 between 6.45pm and 8.15pm and the kit stolen is worth more than £1,000.
The vehicle was not damaged.
Anyone who witnessed the theft or has information should call 101 with crime reference number 44150437882. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.