A DARFIELD councillor has hit out at mindless vandals who have been setting fires and illegally riding bikes in his ward.

Coun Kevin Osborne has called on the community to contact the police when the incidents occur.

The most recent act of antisocial behaviour occurred over the weekend earlier this month when the ‘Longbow’ field in Darfield was set alight.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Firefighters from Cudworth station were called out to a deliberate grass fire last Sunday (September 10) at 7.15pm on Barnsley Road.

“The crew left the scene at 7.35pm.”

Coun Osborne said that a ‘small minority’ of people are causing trouble for others.

“It is not only disappointing but frustrating to learn of repeated antisocial behaviour on and by the ‘Longbow’ field in Darfield, especially a worrying arson attack and illegal off-road biking,” he added.

“Setting fires on a public space may potentially take firefighters away from urgent life and death calls and those who chose to ride off road bikes in our public spaces place themselves and others in danger.

“There’s clearly a small minority who believe laws somehow don’t apply to them, and I urge anyone with information to advise South Yorkshire Police.

“Publishing details onto social media may garner ‘likes’ but ultimately it is only by engagement with the police will we get the action our community deserves.

“If folk are reluctant to engage direct with South Yorkshire Police then an anonymous call to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 may make a useful alternative.

“Darfield deserves better than this.”