Kent cricket club's life-saving defibrillator stolen

Life-saving equipment has been stolen from a cricket club in Kent.

The £800 defibrillator, which can be used in the event of a heart attack, was taken from the side of the pavilion at West Malling Cricket Club.

Kent Police say the machine, which was stolen on Sunday, is of little use to people who do not know how to use it, and say it can be traced.

Club maintenance worker Chris Gosney said: "It could potentially cost someone their life."

PCSO Antonio Iantosca, who is investigating the theft, said: "The defibrillator wasn't secure, as people always need access to it."

Mr Gosney said the machine belonged to South East Coast Ambulance Service but had been loaned to the club last year in the wake of the heart scare to footballer Fabrice Muamba, whose life was saved thanks to prolonged treatment on the pitch.

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