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Parkrun organisers hit out at vandals

Thursday April 6 2017


Locke Park Locke Park


ORGANISERS of parkruns at Locke Park have hit out at mindless vandals who trashed the park's defibrillator at the weekend - putting the lives of young runners at risk.

The Friends of Locke Park and the team behind Barnsley Parkrun installed the defibrillator at the start of the year after they received funding from a local pharmaceutical firm.

It was mounted on the wall of park's cafe in a protective housing, and was available to the local community in emergencies.

However, in a statement today, organisers of the runs say the unit was vandalised sometime between last Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning - hours before a junior race.

The group said: "The box was found broken open by our volunteers arriving to set up for Sunday's junior parkrun. Fortunately they found the defibrillator device discarded in nearby bushes.

"The parkrun team and the Friends are working to have the defibrillator checked over and re-installed at the cafe as soon as possible.

"If anybody has any information as to who may have carried out this act of vandalism, please contact the local police quoting incident number 328."

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Reply Posted by The man with no face on Thursday April 6 2017 at 13:17
This is disgusting, I hope they find out who did this and make them pay for a new one

Reply Posted by Voice of the concerned on Thursday April 6 2017 at 13:44
I hope the person who did this, never needs this type of equipment, to save them self or their family member. Disgusting behavior, shame on you!!!

Reply Posted by Betty miller on Thursday April 6 2017 at 19:32
Absolutly disgusting I hope they never need one .Anyone could need one anytime .With the amount of time it takes for an ambulance to get to someone it is a matter of life and death.I hope they find out whos done it and they should be named and have to pay for it .I am fuming I know first hand how important they are .

Reply Posted by Shonk on Thursday April 6 2017 at 20:49
Scum of ******* earth

Reply Posted by AOL on Tuesday April 11 2017 at 12:53
Whats the camera's doing there? recording nothing or are they dummy ones?