Tamworth Regional Council decry cruel act as vandals target public access defibrillator

Vandals have targeted a public defibrillator at the Gipps St playing fields.

Vandals have targeted a public defibrillator at the Gipps St playing fields.

COUNCIL has decried a “cruel act” leaving the Gipps St playing fields without a public access defibrillator.

Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) have handed over CCTV footage to police showing two young males removing and damaging the defibrillator at the playing fields at 6.50 on Saturday night.

A spokesperson for TRC said the act “was very inconsiderate” and “really disappointing”.

“It’s a terrible waste of public money,” the spokesperson said.

Council said the footage they had handed over was very clear and were hopeful it would lead to prosecution.

The defibrillator will either be replaced and repaired, but the grounds will be without equipment for the immediate future.

$10,000 of federal funding for public defibrillators was delivered through round one of Stronger Communities Programme which provided eight public access defibrillators for a number of locations including the Gipps St playing fields.

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