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Life-saving equipment targeted by vandals

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A life-saving piece of equipment situated in a Moorlands town has been attacked by “mindless idiots.” A firework was placed within a former phone box in Leek last week, a place which is now used to house an automated external defibrillator (AED).

A life-saving piece of equipment situated in a Moorlands town has been attacked by “mindless idiots.”

A firework was placed within a former phone box in Leek last week, a place which is now used to house an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The incident left the casing for the AED damaged, but fortunately not the piece of equipment itself.

The AED is one of five which has been installed in the town this year in memory of David McNeaney, a Leek resident who sadly passed away suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2020.

The defibrillators were funded by donations from David’s family and friends in his memory and supported by Leek towncouncillor Ben Emery. The team behind the fundraising are working with AEDdonate, a national charity based in Stone, to install a number of defibrillators in the Moorlands town.

Centre manager at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Vicki Heath, who checks the AED regularly, discovered the damage onThursday (November 11). She said: “I was upset and angry when I saw the damage done by some mindless idiots.

A firework had been placed on top of the cabinet, it exploded with such force that it dented the cabinet casing and tore holes in the memorial plaque showing David’s face and the message showing how the defibrillator had been funded.”

Vicki immediately contacted AEDdonate so that the AED could be checked to see if the inside had sustained any damage and that the cabinet was still accessible. They confirmed that it is still operational and have ordered replacement parts for the components which were damaged in the blast.

AEDdonate Chief Executive, Jamie Richards, said: “Fortunately it’s very rare for the defibrillator cabinets to be vandalised, as they are clearly marked as ‘life saving equipment.’

It’s really disappointing as the community in Leek has been absolutely brilliant in their support for additional AED sites and Leek is well on the way to being one of the best protected towns in the area.”

David McNeaney’s sister, Fiona Meer, said of the damage: “All David’s family were truly saddened to hear of this incident.

You’d think people would have more respect for what it’s doing there, and why, and think that a member of their family might need it one day.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, or via the force’s social media platforms, quoting incident number 649 of November 12.

Photo by Dave Swarbrook

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  • Mindless idiots.
    Written by Carol Mack, November 19, 2021 - Reply

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