MINDLESS yobs who torched a pile of wheeled bins in Sheepridge THREE times in one night have been urged: "If you’re that bored, get in touch."
Clr Jean Calvert thinks the gang – believed to be in their late teens or early 20s – resorted to the dangerous stunt because of a lack of things to do in the area.
The thugs grabbed about eight bins – which had been left out for morning refuse collections – at around 12.30am on Thursday morning.
They stacked them high to make a bonfire and then set them alight.
Fire crews from Huddersfield were called to the scene on Sheepridge Grove after residents discovered the blaze.
But minutes after putting out the toxic flames, firefighters spotted the yobs re-stacking the bonfire as they were driving away.
When they confronted them, the gang hurled foul-mouthed abuse at the crew.
The police were called but the group, who used their clothes to hide their faces, ran off before they arrived.
After extinguishing the fire for a second time, firefighters returned to base, only to be called out an hour later to the same address to deal with a third pile of wheeled bins which had been torched.
Huddersfield fire station crew manager Mark Hurd said: "It is so frustrating, we just get sick of it.
"At the end of the day they are compromising fire cover .
"While we are there chasing them around, if a second or third crew was needed, they would have to get it from another area.
"They just don’t realise what they are doing. If they did, I would hope they wouldn't be doing it."
But Sheepridge councillor Jean Calvert – who lives in area – said boredom was to blame after the closure of several pubs.
She said: "I’m disturbed and hope that with the lighter nights, this is not going to be the beginning of a catalogue of these incidents.
"One of the big problems we have got here as residents is that all the pubs have shut down and there is nothing to do at night at all.
"Even the local club has had a fire and is only just hopping along.
"We will have to look into this and see what we can do.
"Please get in touch if you’re that bored and we will find a solution.
"But this is ridiculous. It is putting lives in danger."
Police want to hear from anyone with information about the arsonists.
A spokesman said: "We take these kinds of incidents very seriously and will deal with anyone found involving themselves in this kind of behaviour.
"Being called out to incidents like this takes up valuable time of both the police and our partners which might have been taken away from other more serious incidents. It can endanger people’s lives.
"Anyone with information about the Sheepridge incident should call Kirklees police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111."