Charity frustrated as second defibrillator stolen in Whittlesey

Deborah Slater, Sue Page, Jennifer Hardy and Finlay Coulson (front) with the rest of the Defibrillators for All team raising cash for a further machine for Whittlesey at a Christmas fair at Manor Leisure Centre EMN-140612-185304009
Deborah Slater, Sue Page, Jennifer Hardy and Finlay Coulson (front) with the rest of the Defibrillators for All team raising cash for a further machine for Whittlesey at a Christmas fair at Manor Leisure Centre EMN-140612-185304009
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Top charity work is being undermined by thieves after another defibrillator was stolen in Whittlesey.

Whittlesey is being filled with the life-saving machines thanks to the hard work of the charity Defibrillators For All.

But once again there is great frustration after a second defibrillator inside the town was taken, this time from Grosvenor Road.

The first defibrillator was stolen either late on May 18 or early May 19 from Eastrea Road only for army veteran Peter Lane to suffer a fatal heart attack less than a fortnight later just yards away from where the machine had been placed.

The latest theft was between 1.30pm on Thursday, September 17 and 9am on the 18th from outside the town council building.

Deborah Slator, founder and chair of Defibrillators For All, said: “It feels as though we take two steps forward and one back.

“It is disappointing that even though the public are being made aware on a regular basis of the importance of defibrillators, there are still people who feel they have a right to deny people the right to access one.”

Cambridgeshire police said there are no witnesses or CCTV of the latest theft, but a spokesman said PCSOs will be canvassing the local schools as kids are known to loiter opposite the council building.

He added that there was no update on the search for the first stolen defibrillator.

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