Looting fear remains in flood hit towns as police receive more reports

The big clean-up continues in Hebden Bridge, after the Boxing Day floods, 2015
The big clean-up continues in Hebden Bridge, after the Boxing Day floods, 2015
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Police in Calderdale continue to receive reports of people removing damaged items from flood effected addresses in the Calder Valley.

Calder Valleys Neighbourhood Policing team said: “There may be a perception that doing so causes no harm as the items were left out for disposal.

“This is not always the case however as some residents are leaving items outside to dry off.

“Please utilize the Calderdale council services during this time and do not allow items to be removed by non-authorized persons who may also take the opportunity to remove items not for disposal.”

A Huddersfield man was arrested on suspicion of theft of items belong to flood victim and has been charged. He will appear at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court on February 4.

Calderdale Valleys Police said two men from the Bradford area, aged 24 and 26, were also arrested for similar offences.

They have been bailed so further enquiries can be made into items recovered from the vehicle they were travelling in.