Man charged after defibrillator damaged

The criminal damage happened outside this undertakers

The criminal damage happened outside this undertakers

A 29-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage to a defibrillator outside a business premises on the Woodstock Road area of east Belfast.

He is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates court on December 23.

As is normal procedure, all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

The charge comes after police issued an appeal for information after "at approximately 3.00pm on Sunday 27th November, four males caused criminal damage to a defibrillator outside a business premises on the Woodstock Road area of east Belfast".

Today east Belfast businessman Andrew Crymble pledged that a defibrillator smashed by vandals at the weekend will be back in working order as soon as possible.

The defibrillator had only been installed at Crymble and Sons funeral directors for a week when it was vandalised.

Andrew Crymble said they had installed the defribillator at their own cost to give something back to the community.

He watched the vandalism happening at the Woodstock Road premises on a live CCTV feed.