A file photograph showing a defibrillator

Vandalism takes West Park defibrillator out of action

Vandalism of a defibrillator at an Uckfield sports pavilion was a “despicable” act.

The condemnation came from former town mayor, Cllr Ian Smith, who was backed by senior town councillor, Diane Ward.

Work is under way to repair the damage and get the defibrillator in place again as soon as possible.

Councillors were informed at a general purposes committee meeting on Monday (January 23) of the damage.

Grasshoppers JFC found the damage

A report said Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club [which uses the West Park pitches] found the defibrillator, attached to the side of the pavilion, had been vandalised when officials attended on January 15.

Cllr Smith, Independent, Ridgewood, speaking at the committee meeting, said: “I was appalled that the defibrillator at West Park was vandalised. It is pretty despicable. I think we should say that out loud.”

Committee chairman, Cllr Ward, Trust Independent, Central, said: “I just hope that whoever did it, no family member needs it.”

Uckfield Lions key role

The West Park defibrillator was a joint project between Uckfield Lions Club and the Grasshoppers with the device fitted to the wall of the town council-owned pavilion.

The device needs a new battery, which is being organised by the Lions, along with the installation of a metal front to the cabinet instead of the hardened plastic  which has been damaged. The electrics also need checking.

It is hoped the defibrillator, which was removed by a member of the Lions Club, is undamaged.

This is the second time an Uckfield defibrillator has been attacked.

Manor Park defibrillator

*The next defibrillator installation is set to be at Tesco Express on the Manor Park Estate where the Lions are working with the residents’ association and the supermarket company.

*Defibrillators can be used by the public. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says on its website: “Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way.

“The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You do not need training to use one.”

Read more on the BHF website

From our files

Expansion of defibrillator scheme in Uckfield

Plan to install defibrillator at West Park (2015)

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