Flooded Leeds pub targeted by callous looters who even stole charity box

File pic of the Cardigan Arms on Kirkstall Road, Leeds, which has been targeted by looters.

File pic of the Cardigan Arms on Kirkstall Road, Leeds, which has been targeted by looters.

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Looters have piled on the misery for owners of a flooded Leeds pub by breaking in and smashing up furnishings to get at money - even stealing its charity box.

The thieves appear to have broken into the Cardigan Arms on Kirkstall Road through a side window.

Their mindless rampage was discovered by its manager when she turned up to continue the clear up today.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, one of an army of volunteers who have been helping the many flooded businesses in the area since the devastating flooding on Boxing Day, said: “This morning we went to clear up at the Cardigan Arms and someone had broken in and had not only stolen the charity box and money out of the pool table, but they have smashed it up.

“They smashed the pool table and gaming machines. This wasn’t just like trying to steal - this was very low at a time when people are showing such generosity of spirit.

“They are already devastated because of the pub flooding so badly - they are very upset.”

Coun Yeadon said the actions of the thieves should not outweigh the “heartwarming” generosity shown to people in Leeds from all over the UK - including a bus driver from Cannock, Staffordshire, who hired a 7.5 tonne truck to bring donations for flood victims to the city on his one day off.