United Kingdom

Teenager arrested over CCTV footage of football club defibrillator being destroyed

A teenager has been arrested after two people were caught on CCTV vandalising a defibrillator kit at a football club.

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

"It was caught on CCTV so if anyone has any information about who these two people are then please report it to Sussex Police."

It comes after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during his side's Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday.

Eriksen was given prolonged treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital where he is now awake and recovering.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We are investigating a report of a defibrillator being damaged and stolen at Buxted FC on 13 June.

"A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

The footage, posted on the Buxted FC twitter account, has been viewed more than 150,000 times since it was posted on Sunday evening.

It was retweeted by actor Martin Kemp who described what had happened as "the pits".

"I rarely get upset, angry or surprised by people's behaviour but this is the pits," he said.

"I hope they will be disgusted with themselves when they get caught."

Richard Turner, chairman of Buxted FC said the incident was "absolutely disgusting".

"Those things save people's lives and someone has come and trashed it," he told the PA news agency.

"The whole world saw what happened to Christian Eriksen on Saturday so why would anyone think that's ok?

"Everyone at the club is a volunteer, we work hard for what we've got, but now we'll have to raise funds to replace it.

"It's just heartbreaking."

Mr Turner said before the incident, Buxted FC had been celebrating winning the mid-Sussex division one league trophy.

"Now I think we're more upset than angry after what's happened," he said.

He added that the community had been "brilliant" in its support and many people had offered to help install a new defibrillator.

"Social media has been brilliant, it's amazing what people can do when people come together," he said.

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