PEOPLE visiting Devizes town centre should never be more than 200 metres away from a life saving defibrillator machine after the Lions Club had four machines installed in strategic places.

Now the Lions have handed the defibrillators over to Devizes Town Council who will maintain them and replace pads and batteries when necessary.

Doug Simpson from Devizes Lions said: "Lions Clubs this year celebrated 100 years of Lions and in Devizes the Lions wanted it leave a special memento for the benefit of the town.

"With the help of the British Heart Foundation a substantial amount of money was raised for the four defibrillators."

Mayor Nigel Carter was at the hand over held outside the old post office building in Maryport Street and he said the town was now one of the best equipped in the country.

The machines are outside the old post office, in Swan Yard, at the toilet block in the Central car park and outside CarpetRight in New Park Street. They are available to the public 24 hours each day

Deputy town clerk Simon Fisher said the town was grateful to the Lions for the providing the machines and it was pleased to take over the maintenance of them. He said: We are pleased hey have raised money to install a number of these so that you should never be more than 200 meters away from one when you are in town."