Teenager arrested after football club defibrillator kit vandalized


A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after two people were caught on CCTV vandalizing a defibrillator kit at a football club.

Buxted FC said the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, was “heartbreaking”.

Images of the alleged theft have been posted on the East Sussex club’s Twitter account and have been viewed more than a million times since Sunday night.

It came after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during his team’s Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday. The player had to be resuscitated by “defib”, said Danish team doctor Morten Boesen.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said on Monday: ‘We are investigating a report that a defibrillator was damaged and stolen from Buxted FC on June 13.

“A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

“We are aware of a video circulating online and ask the public not to post any speculative comments.”

Richard Turner, president of the Mid-Sussex League Division One club, said the incident was “absolutely disgusting”.

“These things save lives and someone has come to wreck them,” he told the PA News Agency.

“The whole world saw what happened to Christian Eriksen on Saturday, so why would anyone think it’s OK?

“Everyone at the club volunteers, we are working hard for what we have, but now we will have to raise funds to replace him.

“It’s just heartbreaking.”

Mr Turner said that before the incident, Buxted FC were celebrating the victory of the Mid-Sussex League Division One trophy.


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