Thursday 24 August 2017

Looters target houses and shops hit by floods

Submerged buildings overlooking the river Ouse are pictured late in the afternoon in York.
Submerged buildings overlooking the river Ouse are pictured late in the afternoon in York.

Helen William

Looters have struck flood-hit businesses and homes in England.

The Cycle Factory in Todmorden, Lancashire, a recently-opened bike shop that was hit by the St Stephen's Day floods, has had a number of bicycles stolen.

In a Facebook post, it said: "Struggling for words here, we got flooded on Saturday as did a lot of people. Last night we were robbed by the scum of the earth praying (sic) on flood victims."

Motorcycle clubs have offered to help police in the Calderdale Valleys region to clamp down on the thieves.

However, West Yorkshire police said that patrols, aimed at reassuring flood victims, have been carried out by police and army personnel.

Some thieves are preying on residents who have left their properties and put belongings out to dry, according to West Yorkshire Police.

A spokesman said: "As the clean-up of Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge continues, we are being made aware of persons attending the area and removing items which are being left outside homes either for disposal or to dry out.

"In order to ensure the safety of empty properties in the area, additional police resources have been drafted in from other districts and areas.

"In addition to this, several motorcycle clubs from the Bradford and surrounding areas have volunteered to patrol the area as extra eyes and ears on the ground."

Irish Independent

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