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Piers Morgan has lashed out at thugs who were seen on camera destroying a defibrillator machine.
Police are investigating after two youngsters were caught on CCTV smashing then stealing part of the life-saving device at Buxted Football Club, in Uckfield, East Sussex.
The young man and woman appeared to film themselves wrecking the £2,000 piece of medical equipment during the early hours of Sunday morning.
The vandalism came just hours after a defibrillator was used to resuscitate footballer Christian Eriksen when he suddenly slumped on the pitch in first half of the Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday.
And on Sunday evening, after seeing the footage of the incident, Piers called on his Twitter followers to find out who the "vermin" are and "call the police immediately."
Piers Morgan has blasted the thugs that smashed a a defibrillator machine at Buxted Football Club, in Uckfield, East Sussex
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Former Good Morning Britain star Piers fumed on the social media site: "Absolutely disgusting, particularly after Christian Eriksen’s life was saved by one of these machines yesterday."
Asking fans to come forward if they have any information, he added: "If you know who these vermin are, please call the police immediately, before they do it again."
Piers called on his Twitter followers to find out who the "vermin" are
Backing the former newspaper editor's post, several of Piers' followers replied to him.
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One disgusted micro-blogger penned: "This is totally and utterly disgraceful….whoever is unfortunate to know them….report them..they dont deserve to be classed as human….words fail me… to express what they are."
A second echoed: "This is totally and utterly disgraceful….whoever is unfortunate to know them….report them..they dont deserve to be classed as human….words fail me… to express what they are."
CCTV captured a young man and woman smashing the defibrillator on the ground
Police are investigating the incident
Another added: "Disgusting behaviour by the pair of them. Let's hope punishment for them isn't too soft and they get what they deserve for the brutality of their act!!!"
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.
Mr Gosden said: "I really can't believe how low some people will sink.
"It's just so appalling."
The vandalism came just hours after a defibrillator was used to resuscitate footballer Christian Eriksen
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Referencing sporting sensation Eriksen's collapse – which took place just hours before the club's defibrillator was smashed – he added: "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 club is now appealing for anyone who believes they may know the youngsters to come forward to help the Sussex Police probe.
CCTV footage released by the club showed a young man and woman Mr Gosden guessed to be aged in their late teens or early twenties.
A Sussex Police spokesperson said: "Police are investigating a report of a defibrillator being damaged and stolen by two suspects at Buxted Football Club in Uckfield.
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"The incident is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Sunday morning."
Anyone with information that may assist with enquiries is urged to report online or call 101, quoting 551 of 13/06.
Eriksen is recovering from his cardiac arrest in hospital amid a flood of well-wishes from worried football fans worldwide.
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