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.