A councillor said vandals put lives at risk after two police cars were badly damaged in a “mindless” attack while officers responded to an emergency.

Police were called to the Field Sports and Social Club on Chelsea Road, Great Horton, after reports of criminal damage and shattered windows on Saturday at 8.55pm.

While officers attended the incident, their windscreens were smashed and wing mirrors broken.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Crimes of criminal damage have been recorded for the incident at the social club and the damage to the vehicles.

“The licensing officer for Bradford District has also been made aware of the incident at the club.”

A police officer said the cars were now off the road, leaving up to six officers without transport to attend emergencies.

Cllr Joanne Dodds (Labour, Great Horton) has urged anyone with information to contact police.

She said: “It’s appalling really. You can’t understand why people would do that and put other people’s lives at risk. Having police cars off the road jeopardises people’s lives.

“There needs to be a strong message that this is unacceptable. You can’t attack an emergency responding vehicle.”

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins condemned the vandalism, saying members of the emergency services who work to keep communities safe must be treated with respect.

The Labour politician was travelling with firefighters in a car in November when the vehicle was targeted. She said: “I’ve experienced first hand what it’s like for the emergency services to come under attack when a firework hit a car I was travelling in with the fire service. That was scary enough but firefighters and police officers are out there every day trying to keep us safe - they must be treated with more respect.

“Attacks on emergency service vehicles are completely unacceptable. Our hardworking police officers are simply trying to do their jobs and should be free to carry out their duties without mindless crimes like this getting in the way.”

The officers were attending a call after a group of people were refused entry to the venue on Saturday. A spokesman for the Field Sports and Social Club said: “The last time we called the police was many years ago.

“We have never had this sort of problem. We are run for the community by volunteers. The police commended us on the way we looked after the situation. We took all precautions because the important thing was the staff and people here.

“I hope it doesn’t put the club in a bad light.”

Anyone with information which may assist officers investigating the incidents is asked to call police at Bradford South on 101, quoting incident number 1700 of 6 January or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.