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Good news! Inverness stolen defibrillator recovered

By Neil MacPhail

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Defib machine recovered.
Defib machine recovered.

The life saving defribrillator heart-start machine stolen in Inverness city centre has been recovered.

Inverness BID who look after the public defibrillators in the city centre deplored the mean theft committed overnight last Saturday, and alerted police and the local media including the Inverness Courier in a bid to get it back quickly.

It was handed in to the city's Asda superstore in the early hours of today. (Thursday)

The equipment was donated by John M Munro formerly Duncan Fraser Butchers, Queensgate, Inverness, so that it would be accessible 24/7 to the public in the hope that it might save lives.

It is one of five donated defibrillators across the city centre.

BID’s community safety manager John McDonald who looks after the equipment, told the Inverness Courier: "Thanks for your timely assistance and coverage in both your online, print media and social media which I have no doubt played a large part in the recovery of the defib equipment almost entirely intact.

"It was handed into Asda’s on the West Link Road in the early hours of this morning.

"Hopefully we will get it back into service either today or tomorrow. Thanks again for your help on this."

Mr McDonald added that while they are expensive to purchase they have no intrinsic monetary value other than for the purpose they were designed for - life saving.

Police inquiries are continuing.

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