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A man has been charged with stealing a defibrillator from the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton on Tuesday, October 12.
Robert Lonsdale, 39, of North Road, Brighton admitted stealing the life-saving piece of equipment at a police interview.
During a search at Lonsdale’s address, officers seized a number of items believed to be stolen including an Amazon parcel in another person’s name.
He was charged with theft and theft by finding.
Police Constable Nicholas Thomson said: “It’s sad that someone would deliberately steal an invaluable piece of equipment which could save someone’s life, especially at a hospital.
“You only have to look at this summer’s European Championships to see why they are so important and now in the forefront of the public’s mind.”
Lonsdale has been bailed and will appear before magistrates on Sunday, December 12.
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