Friday, April 12, 2024

Shock as life saving equipment stolen from outside school

A VILLAGE community has been shocked by thieves who stole a lifesaving defibrillator paid for through charity fundraising reports The Thurrock Enquirer.

The machine, used to resuscitate heart attack victims, was placed in a secure box outside Horndon on the Hill Primary School but on Monday morning caretaker Stuart Blackmore went to open up the building and found the box had been broken into and the machine taken.

News prompted outrage among villagers who helped pay for the machine, organised by the ‘Friends of Horndon School’ and local fundraiser Charlotte Yoxall, who has been the driving force behind placing a number of the machines at community points throughout Thurrock.

Headteacher Travis Martinson says it is “unbelievable that someone would do this” while social media has been flooded with comments slamming the thieves.

Charlotte (pictured), who was inspired to start her campaign as her daughter Katie suffers from a heart rhythm condition and went on to win a Borough Civic Award in 2014 for her efforts, said the theft left her: “Actually sickened to the pit of my stomach.

“If anyone has any information about this theft please call police at Grays or the school.

“And if anyone happens to be offered an AED, the serial number is 13B00458895.

“To say I am upset is an understatement! What kind of person would steal life saving equipment?”


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