Heartless thieves stole a defibrillator once used to save a life, before dumping it in a Llangattock park, police said this week. ??The life-saving equipment was stolen from outside a pub nearby.

Llangattock Community Council had organised for the first aid kit, which are designed to be used by members of the public if someone suffers a heart attack, to be placed on the wall of the The Horseshoe Inn.

But the device disappeared from its green cabinet, before it was discovered discarded in a nearby park ??Police are now investigating the theft thought to have happened sometime during Tuesday, September 18

PCSO Lee Garrett, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said "It is not valuable to anyone else and I don’t know how you would sell one on. It was bought by the community council and has been used to save somebody’s life in the village about three years ago."

The officer said the devices can be an essential piece of equipment in rural villages.

"I have used them in the past in my job. They are an essential piece of kit in small communities where we’ve got such a distance for ambulances to travel. All PCSOs and PCs are trained to use them.

The defibrillator has now been returned to its cabinet outside The Horseshoe Inn.

Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.