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Emergency services called to Church Road in Willesborough, Ashford


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Emergency services descended on a church Sunday service after a worshipper suffered a heart attack.

About half a dozen police and ambulance vehicles, including the hazardous area response team (HART), were called to Church Road in the Willesborough area of Ashford just before 10am.

They received a call after one of the bell ringers at St Mary the Virgin Church collapsed and was treated at the scene.

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Police and the ambulance service at the scene near St Mary the Virgin Church
Police and the ambulance service at the scene near St Mary the Virgin Church

The Rector at the church, Rev John MacKenzie said members of the congregation acted quickly to treat the man by using a defibrillator which was kept there.

He said: "We are lucky to have been able to have had a defibrillator nearby to treat the man and keep him alive before the ambulance and HART team arrived."

A police spokesman said: "Officers attended Church Road, Willesborough at 9.47am on Sunday, October 1 where they assisted ambulance staff with a medical incident."

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