Lifesaving equipment stolen from Sheppey Ambulance Station for second time in a month

PUBLISHED: 11:14 27 July 2017

Automated External Defibrillator portable electronic life saver.

Automated External Defibrillator portable electronic life saver.


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Lifesaving medical equipment and drugs were stolen from Sheppey Ambulance Station this week - the second time the site has been targeted in just over a month.

The last incident in June followed a spate of thefts across Kent, and in other areas covered by South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) including Surrey and Sussex, and on each occasion, thieves stole vital Lifepaks, which are manually operated defibrillators and diagnostic machines.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday this week, three Lifepak were taken from Sheppey Ambulance Station along with a number of pouches of prescription-only drugs.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward and ambulance bosses are also asking the public to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

If anyone discovers any medicine, which could have potentially been discarded by the thieves, they are urged not to handle it and again to immediately contact police.

Secamb executive director of operations, Joe Garcia, said: “Lives have once again been put at risk as a result of this incident.

“We are working with police following the theft from Sheppey and with police across our region on what appears to be a continued and targeted campaign against the trust.

“We would urge anyone with information whatsoever to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Kent Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 26-0194.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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