Children’s Christmas gifts stolen in burglary at flood-damaged family home in Leeds


Single mother Charlotte Robbins and her children had to leave their home in Middleton after a broken bathroom pipe caused major flooding on the afternoon of Christmas Day.

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Charlotte and her children Emily, 12; Anna, 11, and Damien, 6, spent Christmas Eve at a neighbour’s house.

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Charlotte Robbins Photo: Tony Johnson

They have been staying in hotels since Boxing Day and have been told it will be months before they can return to their private property on Manor Farm Road.

The house suffered extensive water damage and is currently uninhabitable.

Charlotte said when she returned home to pick up clothes on New Year’s Eve.

She came home on January 4, she found there had been a burglary.

Flood damaged kitchen in Charlotte Robbin’s home. Photo: Tony Johnson

The house had been ransacked and the hoverboards the children had received as Christmas presents had all been stolen.

Charlotte said the medications she was taking for mental health issues were also taken.

Charlotte said her mum spent over £400 on the three hoverboards for her children’s main Christmas presents.”

Stolen hoverboards

She said the girls’ hoverboards were black and white Rolab models, which cost around £150 each.

His son Damien’s hoverboard had a graffiti style design and cost around £120.

Charlotte said: “My kids and I had the worst Christmas ever.

“The children have lost their homes and their main Christmas presents.

“They were mortified. They were just crying hysterically.

“I’m at my wit’s end. It’s just trauma after trauma and it’s out of my control. I feel drained.”

Charlotte urges anyone with information about the stolen hoverboards to contact the police.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are aware of a report of a burglary at a house in Manor Farm Road between 5pm on 3rd January 2022 and 10am on 4th January 2022.

“Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 0745 of January 5, 2022.”

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