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



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

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Charlotte and her children Emily, 12; Anna, 11, and Damien, six, spent Christmas Eve at a neighbor’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 take months before they can return to their private property on Manor Farm Road.

The house has suffered extensive water damage and is currently uninhabitable.

Charlotte said when she returned home to pick up clothes on New Years Eve.

She returned home on January 4 where she discovered there had been a burglary.

The kitchen of Charlotte Robbin’s flood damaged 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 mother spent over £ 400 on the three hoverboards for her children’s main Christmas gifts. “

The 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 have had the worst Christmas ever.

“The children lost their homes and their main Christmas gifts.

“They were mortified. They were just crying hysterically.

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

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

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Officers are aware of a report of a burglary at a house in Manor Farm Road between 5 p.m. on 3 January 2022 and 10 a.m. on 4 January 2022.

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

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