CCTV FOOTAGE shows the moment a group of young people take a defibrillator from a village wall to allegedly destroy it.

Three people in hoods can be seen pulling the defibrillator from the wall at the King George V car park in Allington Road, in Newick near Uckfield.

The device, which served a local sports pavilion, was later found broken into pieces nearby on Saturday morning (October 2).

Police believe the incident took place at around 7.35pm on October 1.

Chairman of Newick FC Dan Furzer said he was left saddened by the incident.

He said: “All vandalism is disgusting, but this could have awful repercussions, so it’s gutting that someone within the area may have done that.”

Dan also said he now feels a sense of fear now that the defibrillator is not available in case someone needs assistance, with a range of sporting events - including Newick FC’s football matches - taking place at the nearby playing field.

“The nearest defibrillator now is ten minutes away, and that’s too long - every second counts,” he said.

While they hope that another device can be installed in the near future, with offers to cover the cost from supporters on social media, he said the fact there isn’t one present immediately in case of an emergency concerns him.

Dan revealed that this is not the first incident of its kind in the village, with another defibrillator taken out of action - leaving Newick with just two devices in operation.

He said that he thinks young people need to be educated about the importance of such devices in the community as a way of preventing further “mindless” damage.

“They (the perpetrators) need to be found so they can be educated, be punished for what they’ve done and be shown how a moment of madness can have huge potential repercussions,” he said.

An investigation is ongoing into the incident, with police pursuing several lines of enquiry.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1235 of 01/10.

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