CHILDREN as young as five are causing terror and mayhem on an Agbrigg estate according to residents.
Police vowed to hold parents accountable during a heated public meeting held on Wednesday evening.
People living on Briary Close have compared the street to the Chatsworth Estate in the TV show Shameless after years of problems with out-of-control kids, drug taking and starting fires.
One resident, who did want to be named, said: “The kids are out till 5am and 6am, there are youths coming up in cars at all hours doing drugs, setting fire to things and using the street as a toilet.”
Other people said their cars and homes had been vandalised.
Insp Helen Brear, head of the Rural neighbourhood police team, said: “This is a serious issue of concern for me. We’ve got a small number of youths causing mayhem, residents have suffered for long enough and I want to make sure it is sorted.”
She also warned that housing association tenants could lose their homes if they failed to bring their children under control.
And Insp Brear also wants to see Wakefield Council use Parenting Orders which legally force mums and dads to attend classes to improve their parenting skills.
She said: “There’s not enough of them being administered within the Wakefield district. These five, six and seven-year-olds will be held accountable and their parents will be held accountable.”
Speaking before the meeting, one resident who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “We call it the Chatsworth Estate round here because that’s what it’s like - Shameless.”
Anyone with information should contact the Rural neighbourhood police team on 0845 6060606.