A fundraising page has been set up and needs £1,157 – £1,282 has been raised at the time of publishing.
The defibrillator was purchased and installed outside Mad Dog Sports in October 2019.
It was purchased by Cllr Jonathan Wheeler through his divisional fund from the County Council.
Owner of Mad Dog Sports in Exchange Road Stephen Spencer said:
‘We had installed a defibrillator located outside our shop in central West Bridgford for use (or hopefully not!) by anyone in the local community.
‘This was sadly stolen recently.
‘We need to replace this as soon as possible especially after the weekends reminder of how vital this equipment can be with the collapse of Danish Footballer Christian Eriksen from a Cardiac arrest and also the sad recent loss of a local cricketer.
‘Despite our best efforts, we haven’t been able to recover the stolen defibrillator.
Any excess funds raised will be donated to the funding of future defibrillators in the local area.’
Councillor Wheeler said:
“It is shocking that someone would steal what is potentially a life saving piece of equipment that was purchased for the entire community to use.
“If you can donate towards the purchase of a replacement this would be greatly appreciated. If anybody reading this has any information on where the defibrillator is please contact the police. If you are reading this and have the defibrillator please return it ASAP”
Nottinghamshire Police were approached for comment, but have no record of the theft being reported to them.