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Appeal for information after defibrillator damaged – Mossley

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We are appealing for information after a defibrillator which had been paid for by community funding was damaged at Mossley railway station in Tameside.

Between 5.30am and 6.30am on Wednesday 28 December, a group of youths were in the reception area of Mossley station.

A male member of the group kicked and punched the defibrillator in the reception area and ripped it off the wall, before using it to hit parts of the station reception.

He then threw it outside and stamped on it.

A female member of the group then became involved and also kicked and stamped on the defibrillator casing.

The male returned and tore the electric wire from the wall and used the defibrillator casing as a weapon.

The male offender is white, around 5ft 10ins, aged approximately 16-19 years old, slim build, and was wearing a black jacket with a black hood and black cap, grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

The female offender is white, around 5ft 8ins, aged approximately 16-19 years old, slim build, with dyed blonde hair. She was wearing a purple coat, blue winter hat, black leggings and black pumps.

Investigating officer, PC Jen Leach, said: “Criminal damage of any sort is unacceptable, but it’s even more disappointing that these people have chosen to destroy a piece of life-saving equipment that was paid for by members of the local community.

“This equipment is expensive, but the local community had fundraised enough money to pay for one in the hope that it would potentially save lives should someone have a cardiac arrest at the station. It is now out of service until the damage can be assessed and costly repairs have taken place.

“I believe there were witnesses to this act of mindless criminal damage and I would like to speak to anyone who saw what took place, or who might know who the offenders are.

“Please contact me by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 242 10/1/17.  If you do not wish to speak to the police you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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