Bid for spare life saving equipment after £6,000 theft

Ray Cook, coordinator for Sudbury First Responder Team, standing in front of one of the team's cars which was grounded after the theft of �6,000 worth of equipment.
Ray Cook, coordinator for Sudbury First Responder Team, standing in front of one of the team's cars which was grounded after the theft of �6,000 worth of equipment.
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A community frist response team has launched a fundraising bid for a second set of life-saving equipment after being the victims of a £6,000 theft.

Most of the equipment stolen from a first response vehicle in Great Cornard was been found dumped in a nearby alleyway.

On Wednesday, September 9, Sudbury First Responders Team were rocked by the news that £6,000 of their self-funded equipment had been stolen from a car in Bures Road, Great Cornard.

It is the latest in a series of similar thefts, with incidents in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

The theft came just days after the team helped at the major fire in Market Hill, Sudbury.

Team coordinator Ray Cook said he was delighted most of the equipment had been found.

He had expressed his confusion over the theft, which included a defibrillator and oxygen mask, asking what use it would be to anybody other than the emergency services.

Mr Cook asked: “Why would anybody want to put others people’s lives at risk?

“I can’t think why they would want to do it. There’s nothing they can really use. They have got to know how to use the equipment.”

Fellow responder Mandy Howe asked: “How can somebody do this? Surely they have loved ones that may need our services one day? This week has shown how important the emergency services are.”

The ambulance service also condemned the actions of the thieves.

The first responders are trained by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and respond to patients in potentially life threatening conditions, such as cardiac arrest, to start providing emergency care whilst the ambulance is on its way.

The group was grounded after the theft but has now re-mobilised.

Jon Needle, community partnership manager for the Trust, said: “We are appalled by this incident. It is shocking to think that people would steal from a volunteer trained to save lives.”

The theft took place in Bures Road, Great Cornard, between 7.30pm September 8, and 9am September 9.

The group relies on fundraising and donations to fund their life-saving equipment.

Following the theft the group is looking to raise money to purchase a second set of equipment as a spare and to allow more than one responder to be on call.

Donations to help the team can be made by visiting https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/SudburyCommunityFirstResponders. The theft has been reported to Suffolk Police.

Contact police on 101 if you have any information about the theft.