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Life-Saving Cycle Response Unit Stolen in Sheffield

19 February 2010

Police are appealing for information or witnesses to come forward after an ambulance Cycle Response Unit was stolen in Sheffield City Centre.

The incident occurred at about 1pm on Thursday 18 February when the bike was taken from the secure bike park inside Sheffield Town Hall on Pinstone Street. 

Life-saving equipment such as a quantity of controlled medication, a defibrillator and oxygen were taken along with the bike which is used by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) to respond to medical emergencies in the pedestrian areas of the city. 

Alan Baranowski, Assistant Director of A&E for South Yorkshire, said: “These offenders are putting people’s lives in danger as our staff are not able to respond to 999 calls without the correct equipment.

“One of the items taken from the bicycle was a defibrillator - a specially designed piece of equipment which delivers an electrical shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest. Controlled drugs were also taken.

“These vital pieces of kit can help save lives when used by specially trained ambulance staff and, if used incorrectly, have the potential to be extremely dangerous and possibly even fatal. For this reason, we are very keen to trace them.

“This is a problem that we should not have to encounter and we ask thieves to consider their actions and think about how this crime is potentially putting people’s lives at risk.”

Police should be contacted immediately if any equipment, medication or the bike is found.

Anyone with information about this incident should call South Yorkshire Police, tel: 0114 2202020 and quote incident number 434 of 18/2/2010. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously, tel: 0800 555 111.

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