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Thieves steal defibrillator from Burntisland street

Defibrillator outside Co-op Image copyright Google
Image caption The defibrillator was stolen from a secure cabinet outside the Co-op

Thieves have stolen a potentially life-saving piece of equipment from outside a shop in Fife.

The defibrillator was taken from a secure cabinet outside the Co-op on High Street, Burntisland, at about 02:30 on Monday.

It was installed by Burntisland First Aid Services Trust in May 2015 after £850 was raised by the local community.

No-one has had to use the kit, which administers an electric shock to the heart during or after a cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator was previously stolen three months after being installed but was soon returned.

PC Pat Devaney, of Police Scotland, said: "This piece of equipment is vital as it is used to provide medical assistance to people suffering heart attacks and other heart-related emergencies.

"I would urge whoever took it to return it to its rightful place."

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