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Mytholmroyd flood looting 'morally reprehensible'

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Image caption Parts of Mytholmroyd were flooded when the River Calder bursts its banks on Boxing Day.

Police investigating thefts from flood-hit houses have said looting evacuated homes is "morally reprehensible".

The comment, posted on a West Yorkshire Police Facebook page, came as a 40-year-old man from Huddersfield was charged with theft.

He was arrested on Wednesday after police received reports of a man taking items from a property in Mytholmroyd.

Two men aged 24 and 26, from Bradford, have also been arrested on suspicion of theft from properties in the village.

Parts of Mytholmroyd were flooded when the River Calder bursts its banks on Boxing Day.

The online post said: "The flooding in Calderdale has had a major impact on thousands of people living within the area and is especially upsetting at Christmas.

"The impact of becoming a victim of a crime during this same period is morally reprehensible."

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the 40-year-old man was due to appear at Calderdale Magistrates' Court on 4 February.

The two Bradford men arrested have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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