We are absolutely appalled that two life-saving defibrillators have been mindlessly vandalised in Workington over the weekend, the third attack of its kind in recent months.
Local community first responders (CFRs) fundraised for the installation of the devices with one of the machines being used to save a life just six months ago, one week after installation.
One of the defibrillators, on Campbell Savours Way, is now out of action for the time being with the other at Carnegie Theatre being taken inside, only accessible during theatre opening hours until the cabinet can be fixed.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, every single second counts which is why it’s so important to have this life-saving equipment available to be used by the community whilst they wait for an ambulance to arrive.
We cannot stress enough the importance of respecting this equipment. It could absolutely mean the difference between life and death.
Charity, Community Heartbeat Trust are assisting with the repairs and the local CFRs will continue to fundraise to cover the costs.
The police have been informed.