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Life-saving equipment stolen from Orange community group

Former mayor Reg Kidd, Alan Campbell and state MP Phil Donato, with members of the Orange Men's Shed. Photo: Supplied.

By staff writer

A defibrillator was stolen from the Orange Men's Shed temporary premises overnight Wednesday.

Other items including a TV, a handmade treasure chest and battery-operated drills were also stolen.

Extensive damage occurred to an external door to gain entry, a member posted on social media.

Men's Shed members will return to the site at the Bloomfield campus on Monday to determine if other items were stolen.

Orange Men's Shed president Alan Campbell told The Orange News Examiner it was a "big thing" to lose the defibrillator.

"If anybody has a heart attack we've got it there," he said.

Campbell said about 50 men make use of the shed.

Some come and build or make things; others might be in search of a cuppa and a chat.

The shed is open Monday to Wednesday from 9:30am to 3pm.

The break-in was discovered by a member of the Bloomfield maintenance staff.

The scene was attended by forensic investigators and police officers, Campbell said.

Bloomfield became the home of the Men's Shed following a fire at the Lucknow premises.

The Lucknow site was handed back to the Men's Shed late last year, but there are still a few tasks to be completed before the group can return to the former site.

Campbell said the "some of the blokes have mental health issues and it's a good place to go to interact with other blokes ... they will be disappointed about the loss of tools".

If you are interested in joining Orange Men's Shed call 0475 250 779.


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