Jail for defibrillator thief

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A Bridlington man who stole a life saving defibrillator from a club has been jailed after stealing bottles of booze.

On January 10 Martin Leigh was caught on camera at the Victoria Club and Institute in Flamborough, as he made off with the £900 machine.

Martin Leigh, 39, stole the life saving machine from the Victoria Club and Institute at Flamborough in January

Martin Leigh, 39, stole the life saving machine from the Victoria Club and Institute at Flamborough in January

Leigh, 39, of Fort Terrace, was handed a suspended sentence for his “despicable” crime on April 8 at East Riding Magistrates Court in Beverley.

However it wasn’t long before Leigh managed to breach his suspended sentence, and he was back in court charged with a further two offences.

On July 7, Leigh went on to steal a bottle of Famous Grouse Whisky and a bottle of gin from the Co-op in Bridlington.

Then on September 9, Leigh was caught knowingly handling stolen goods, namely a pedal bike.

Speaking at the time of the defibrillator theft, the president of the Victoria Club and Institute, Paul Lawson, referred to the incident as “a despicable theft.”

“Nothing like this has ever happened before. All they have to do is come in and ask if they want to use it.

“It is just despicable, how low can somebody stoop? We only had it installed last year.”

Defibrillators are used to deliver a shock to restart a patients heart when they are in cardiac arrest, and can mean the difference between life and death for residents in rural towns like Flamborough.