Life-saving device stolen out of an ambulance

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A life-saving piece of medical kit has been stolen from an ambulance in Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the defibrillator was taken from the vehicle at 8.20pm tonight (Wednesday) on the city’s Dublin Road – one of the busiest parts of the city – and was “pretty weighty and hard to hide”.

It appealed for anyone to come forward with information about the machine, which is used to provide shocks which can revive victims of cardiac arrest.

In a plea for information on Twitter, the service instructed anyone who spotted the device to go to the police, adding: “(It) could be needed to save a life tonight”.

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