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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after CCTV footage emerged showing two people destroying a defibrillator at a football club.
The incident happened at Buxted Football Club, in Uckfield, East Sussex, just hours after Denmark player Christian Eriksen's shock collapse.
Police launched an investigation after two youngsters were filmed on CCTV smashing the life-saving device in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Today, Sussex Police confirmed they arrested a teenager on suspicion of causing criminal damage for vandalising the defibrillator.
Officers said they are aware of a video circulating online and asked the public not to post speculative comments.
The young man and woman appeared to film themselves wrecking the £2,000 piece of medical equipment.
All that remained of the life-saving device on Sunday morning
(Image: Facebook/Buxted Football Club)
Buxted FC described the incident as "heartbreaking" and tweeted: "Last night at 12:50am, our defibrillator was vandalised."
Club committee volunteer Mick Gosden told the Mirror the village was disgusted by the duo's actions, questioning why anyone would do such a thing.
The two teenagers vandalised the defibrillator just hours after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 game against Finland.
The footballer was given treatment on the pitch and a defibrillator was used to resuscitate him.
Police launched an investigation after two people were seen on CCTV destroying a defibrillator
The pair were seen on CCTV destroying the defibrillator
It is unknown whether the pair were aware of Eriksen’s collapse.
Mr Gosden said: "I really can't believe how low some people will sink.
"It's just so appalling.
"With the events of what happened yesterday afternoon with the professional footballer, it's so disappointing.
"How would they feel if their parents or grandparents needed a defibrillator someday and there was none there?"
The football club described the incident as 'heartbreaking'
Richard Turner, chairman of the Mid-Sussex League Division One club, said the incident was "absolutely disgusting".
"Those things save people's lives and someone has come and trashed it," he said.
"The whole world saw what happened to Christian Eriksen on Saturday so why would anyone think that's OK?
"Everyone at the club is a volunteer, we work hard for what we've got, but now we'll have to raise funds to replace it.
"It's just heartbreaking."
Christian Eriksen of Denmark collapsed on the pitch on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest
(Image: UEFA via Getty Images)
Mr Turner said that, before the incident, Buxted FC had been celebrating winning the Mid-Sussex League Division One trophy.
A Sussex Police spokesman said on Monday: "We are investigating a report of a defibrillator being damaged and stolen at Buxted FC on June 13.
"A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.
"We're aware of a video circulating online and would ask the public not to post speculative comments."