PEOPLE on an estate are living in fear after a family had to flee their home when it was stoned by a gang of yobs.
Residents on the London Park estate at Mirfield have called for action to bring the reign of terror to an end.
They spoke out after the Examiner revealed how a couple and their two children - a boy of three and a 10-month-old girl - were unable to stay in their home at Northway Gardens after every window was smashed in the property by five youths.
The estate is a mixture of council and privately-owned houses.
Residents too scared to give their names told how they wanted rid of the troublemakers.
One woman said she could no longer leave her car outside her house after her family was targeted because they stood up to a gang that tried to steal her child's bicycle.
She blamed courts for imposing light sentences on offenders.
She said: "There has been a lot of trouble. The police arrest them, they go to court and come straight back here again.
The woman blamed her nightmare on a gang of about seven youths, aged between 14 and 20.
Two of them had already received anti-social behaviour orders, banning them from the estate, but this had failed to deter them, she claimed.
"As far as they are concerned they run Mirfield - but they do not - and people round here are pig sick of them."
The woman said police were also fed up of them.
"One officer said he had arrested one youth 33 times last year and he is still out walking the streets," she said.
The woman said the courts were not doing enough to discourage the thugs from their activities.
"The young ones see the older ones get away with it and copy them."
The woman said her children could not play out with anything expensive like a bike because if the yobs saw it they seized it for themselves.
She said: "I have had threats to have my house and car smashed up and my kids have been threatened.
"It cost us £600 to have our car repaired after the back window was put through,"
The woman revealed a neighbour had had his car windows smashed.
"He had done nothing wrong, his car was just there - that was it.
"They do not care who they target or why. They do not need an excuse or a reason."
Another man, who has lived on the estate for 21 years, said his next-door neighbour's windows had been smashed from time to time.