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Defibrillator recovered after theft

Image of a defibrillator, of the kind stolen from an ambulance on the Dublin Road, Belfast, 8.20pm on Wedesday

Image of a defibrillator, of the kind stolen from an ambulance on the Dublin Road, Belfast, 8.20pm on Wedesday

A defibrillator which had been stolen from an ambulance while personnel attended a casualty has been recovered.

A PSNI spokesman said the defibrillator – valued at £6,000 – was taken from the Dublin Road area of south Belfast on Wednesday night.

It was found at Craigmore Way, also in south Belfast, in the early hours of this morning.

Appealing for information about the theft, Chief Inspector Robert Murdie, South Belfast Area Commander, said: “The male who is believed to have stolen the defibrillator is described as being in his late 30s, six feet tall, of medium build, fair-coloured hair and wearing a grey hooded top with red writing on it”.

He asked anyone who saw the incident to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

A defibrillator is a vital piece of medical equipment, a staple in hospitals and ambulances, which can be used when a patient suffers a heart attack.

The machine delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again.

 
 
 

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