CAWTHORNE has become the second village in South Yorkshire to have a public defibrillator after residents donated £900 to buy the equipment.

The device, which will be kept in a secure steel cabinet next to the parish noticeboard on Church Street, became available to use at the start of the month.

Former paramedic Andy Barker, 48, who lives on St Julien's Mount in the village, campaigned for the installation of the equipment and said it may save someone's life.

"The defibrillator is now on the Yorkshire Ambulance Service's GPS database," he said.

"Any serious cardiac 999 calls in the Cawthorne area will prompt the operator to ask the caller to collect the defibrillator and to follow its instructions before paramedics arrive."

Firbeck, near Maltby in Rotherham, was the first village in the county to adopt the idea last year.