Life-saving device stolen from Sussex bowls club

A life-saving device has been stolen from a bowls club in Crawley.

It is believed the defibrillator was taken from Southgate Park Bowls Club in November, according to the borough council.

Defibrillators are emergency life-saving devices that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when sudden cardiac arrest strikes.

The device is fully portable and gives the heart an electrical charge to establish a regular heartbeat.

The life saving kit was fixed and stolen from outside of the sports club.

In 2016, Sussex Heart Charity, the county’s largest Cardiac Care Charity, donated the defibrillator to the bowls club.

Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“This is very sad news; whoever has stolen this device has potentially put lives at risk.

“The Sussex Heart Charity has been very generous in providing these devices and it is a terrible shame that one or two people have decided to take advantage of that generosity.

“I would encourage anyone who may know anything about the whereabouts of the device, to get in touch.”

Chief Executive of Sussex Heart Charity, Terry Ayres said:

“We at the Sussex Heart Charity are very sad when one of these devices is taken.

“The defibrillators, if needed, will save someone’s life.

“Stealing these could potentially steal a life.”

The Sussex Heart Charity is currently fundraising to replace the stolen device.

Police are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact 101, quoting crime reference number: 47180186385.