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Shepley village spokesman accuses parents of turning a blind eye after spate of vandal attacks

Concern after playground damaged by arson

Paint party...Chairman of the Shepley Village Association, Andy Scott with volunteer youngsters from the village, (left to right) Daniel Lane, Toby Kinder, Louis Kinder and Benjamin Robinson get set to give the play equipment on the recreation ground a fresh coat of paint.

A village spokesman has accused parents of “turning a blind eye” to vandalism by their children during the summer holidays.

Shepley Village Association chairman, Andy Scott, made the claim following an arson attack at a playground in the village on Monday, August 4.

The play area on the recreation ground at the end of Firth street next to Shepley First School was damaged after a bundle of straw was set on fire on one of the pieces of equipment.

Mr Scott said: “The once peaceful village of Shepley has hit an all-time low after teenagers started a fire in the children’s playground.

“Over the last few months a group of teenagers have vandalised and caused criminal damage throughout the village.

“There is a general feeling of despair and disgust in Shepley and we fear things will only get worse as parents turn a blind eye to the activities of their teenage kids.”

Four young volunteers stepped forward to paint over the fire damaged play equipment.


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