The defibrillator at The Shack on The Recreation Ground in Stamford has vanished
A campaigner who has helped provide dozens of defibrillators for Stamford says she feels ‘devastated and angry’ that a life-saving piece of kit has disappeared.
The defibrillator based at Stamford’s Recreation Ground was reported to police as stolen on Tuesday after Wittering Community First Responders had noticed it had gone missing during spot checks made on May 1.
Dannii Vincent, who has been instrumental in getting defibrillators installed across the Stamford area through her Dosh4Defibs campaign, said: “I’m devastated and angry that the defibrillator from The Shack on The Rec has gone missing.
“It has taken me three years to get them into place across Stamford.
“Its disappearance is complete selfishness and an endangerment to life.
“The Wittering Community First Responders were doing checks on the defibrillators and found this one was not in its cabinet. There was no damage to the cabinet.
“I’ve since found out that it was not registered with East Midlands Ambulance Service.”
Danni said that the only people who would have the code to the cabinet are Stamford Town Council, who maintain the defibrillator, and the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Patricia Stuart-Mogg, clerk to Stamford Town Council, said: “We are aware it has gone missing but we are unsure as to when.
“It could have been used during an emergency and therefore relocated elsewhere like on the back of an ambulance or the hospital.
“It’s a vital piece of life-saving equipment and we routinely check them.
“It’s strange because the code can only be given out by the emergency services.”
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 11.25am on Tuesday by a caller reporting the theft of a defibrillator from The Recreation Ground.
“Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 150 of May 7.”
Dannii has now started a GoFundMe campaign for a new defibrillator.
Click HERE to read about Dannii's campaign.