A lifesaving piece of equipment has been stolen from Little Harrowden, Northamptonshire.
It is thought the defibrillator, which was housed in a locked cabinet with a key code on the side of the village hall, was taken between 26 March 2018 and 4 April 2018.
Lloyd Raines, County Coordinator for Community Response in Northamptonshire said: “Defibrillators save lives and this mindless act has life threatening consequences. In a cardiac arrest seconds count, early CPR and defibrillation gives the patient the best possible chance of survival.
“Community access defibrillators are often used within minutes of the cardiac arrest happening meaning the patient receives early treatment while our clinicians travel to the emergency.
“This behaviour is not only reckless, its illegal and we are working with Northamptonshire Police to support their investigations.”
The community public access defibrillator was purchased by the parish council and was installed in December 2017.
If you have any information please call Northamptonshire Police on 101 and quote reference number 18000151390. Or you contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.