27/02/2017

Lifesaving Defibrillator Destroyed During Burglary At GAA Club

A lifesaving defibrillator has been destroyed after a GAA club was burgled in Co Tyrone.

Saint Macartan's GAA clubhouse in Trillick was broken into and the equipment was stolen and smashed.

In a Facebook post the club said: "A ground floor window to the ladies toilets was broken and the defibrillator/replacement pads were removed from the cabinet and totally destroyed.

"The malicious and abhorrent act is an attack on the club and community and will no doubt rally our members together to put things right."
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Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff said: "The destruction of this life-saving defibrillator during a break-in at St Macartan's GAA club in Trillick was despicable. 

"Defibrillators literally provide a life-saving service to the local community and this disgraceful vandalism has taken away that service. 

"GAA clubs are the backbone of many communities, particularly in rural areas and attacks and vandalism like this are attacks on the community. 

"I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI."

(CD/MH)

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