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Customer suffers cardiac arrest in Sainsbury's Pentagon centre store in Chatham

Shopping centre security staff and a member of the public fought to save an elderly shopper's life when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Emergency crews were called to the Pentagon in Chatham around 9.30am today.

Emergency crews at the Pentagon after a man suffered a cardiac arrest
Emergency crews at the Pentagon after a man suffered a cardiac arrest

The shopper was taken seriously ill in the Sainsbury's store and it is understood a defibrillator was used on him.

Pentagon centre manager Charlene Malone said: "Our security staff started CPR helped by a member of the public.

"Shortly after an ambulance arrived to continue CPR.

"I’d like to thank the emergency services for their quick response alongside our in house team and Sainsbury's staff.

"We’re all hoping the gentleman is OK and our thoughts are with his family and this distressing time."

Emergency crews at the Pentagon
Emergency crews at the Pentagon

Ambulance spokesman Rich Airey said: "I can confirm we were called to reports a person had collapsed.

"The person was taken as a priority to Medway Maritime Hospital in a serious condition after being resuscitated at the scene.

"We would like to thank all those who came to the aid of the person prior to our arrival."

Police say they were called to the scene at around 9.34am to reports of a medical incident involving an elderly man.

The centre is now fully re-open.

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