INVERKEITHING residents were dismayed after thugs damaged a defibrillator in the town.

The glass casing had been smashed and the life-saving device itself found discarded before being handed in to Stephen's bakery, on Hillend road.

The box sits just outside the shop.

Cllr David Barratt, said: "I was disappointed to hear and I think it shows the worst of the town but also highlights the best with lots of people coming forward to help.

"I know of a number of groups who offered donations.

"It seems to have been resolved now, the screen has been repaired and police inquiries are ongoing."

Police are investigating the incident, which is believed to have happened overnight between January 5 and 6.

South West Fife Police tweeted: "Damage caused to the defibrillator box at Hillend Road, #Inverkeithing, just outside the bakery.

"Defibrillator also removed and found lying further down the street with damage.

"Believed to have occurred between 5pm on 05/01 and 5.30am on 06/01. CCTV enquiry being carried out.

"If anyone has any information in relation to the incident or the identity of those responsible, please phone 101 with reference 1808 of 6th January.

"Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crime Stoppers by phoning 0800 555 111."

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and can enhance their chances of survival.