attack life-saving defibrillator at Higbridge's Apex Park
vandals' have put lives at stake this week by damaging a high-tech
defibrillator that was only formally unveiled at Highbridge's Apex
Park a month ago.
life-saving equipment also called an Automatic External Defibrillator
(AED) - was installed for use in emergencies where someone is having
a suspected heart attack.
members of Burnham-On-Sea Harriers and the Friends of Apex Park
- who oversee the equipment - had to remove it on Friday after finding
it had been smashed and damaged.
Huxtable from Burnham Harriers told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
has come as a shock to us - someone has smashed the perspex cover
and damaged the keypad cover so that the box it can no longer be
closed. Until we have completed repairs the AED has been removed."
is sad that in after only a very short time, some mindless people
have carried out such vandalism with a complete lack of respect
for the community's well-being."
added: "Quite why anyone would do this is beyond me - it's
such an important piece of equipment that could save someone's life."
don't know if it was purposeful damage with a financial motive or
young pranksters - either way, it's pointless vandalism."
added: "We have reported it to the Police and hope that anyone
who saw anything suspicious will contact them direct."
AED was installed on the wall of Apex Parks office building
in the Marine Drive car park in December, as we reported
was funded jointly by the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Parkrun
participants, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and Sedgemoor
damage occurred between Saturday morning afternoon and Wednesday
this week - anyone with information should contact Burnham-On-Sea
Police on 101.