MINDLESS attacks by yobs on the emergency services in Bradford have been branded “more than a disgrace” by senior politicians.

In this week alone, firefighters have been pelted with tiles – and bricks were hurled at police officers after responding to 999 calls to protect the public.

One Bradford MP said “one attack on an emergency service is one too many”, and a senior councillor called for a “zero tolerance” approach.

The most recent senseless act happened in Skinner Lane, Manningham, on Wednesday and involved bricks being thrown at a police car when officers arrested a man for drug-driving.

Pictures of smashed bricks lying close to the undamaged car were posted on social media by a West Yorkshire Police traffic officer posting under the handle @Traffic_Dave.

He said: “No one injured, could have been a lot worse.

“Sadly and predictably it’s getting to that time of the year when fire crews start getting stuff lobbed at them too!”

Three youngsters were also spotted throwing fireworks at cars in Thornton Road, Four Lane Ends, on Wednesday evening.

Footage sent to the Telegraph & Argus shows a white van, a blue car and a moped being driven along the road as two fireworks explode in front or underneath the vehicles.

The video shows three boys standing on the street corner, yards away from the spot where the fireworks had been thrown into the path of oncoming traffic.

No-one is believed to have been hurt in the attack.

Those incidents came a day after firefighters from Fairweather Green fire station were attending a call to a blaze in the open at Spencer Road playing fields in Lidget Green when they came under attack.

Youths threw ceramic floor tiles at the crew and the fire engine, before setting more fires in a game of cat and mouse, as the firefighters followed them extinguishing the fires while the youths started more fires. The incident happened at about 9pm on Tuesday.

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins said she condemned the attacks in the strongest possible terms.

“Emergency service workers put their own safety on the line, day in, day out,” she said. “They are here to protect us, but shockingly, too often they are having to protect themselves from attack.

“A tiny minority think that the police and firefighters are themselves targets.

“One attack on an emergency service is one too many and it is very disturbing to hear of several incidents so close together. This sort of behaviour cannot be tolerated at any level and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”

Councillor John Pennington, leader of the Conservative group on Bradford Council, called for a zero tolerance approach from the police.

He said: “It is more than a disgrace, there seems to be a breakdown in any sort of societal value which is concerning for the future of the country.

“When we are having violence against emergency services we need to have a much stricter and zero tolerance approach.

“I will speak to the police commander because these actions cannot be tolerated in a decent, law-abiding society.

“It is up to politicians to take the lead and say we have had enough. We need to catch these people and drag them up before the courts and hand out serious sentences.

“We have to stand up for the right of law-abiding people and toughen up. Mayor Rudi Giuliani did it in New York, why can’t we do it here?”

Councillor Tariq Hussain (Lab, Great Horton) who is a member of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner panel, appealed for young people to think about their actions.

He said: “It’s appalling our public officers, who keep us safe, have to face some terrible behaviour from youths.

“Part of the problem is the Government making cuts to the police and fire service. It has an impact on bobbies on the beat.

“This is the main problem, but it still doesn’t justify what these individuals are doing and they need to calm down and think about their actions because the police and fire service are being called out to incidents which could be fatal.”

Councillor Carol Thirkill (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green) said: “These young people need to think about what they are doing because these are public servants who are there to help them and their families, and the public at large.

“I will certainly be talking to the local fire service to get their thoughts and we will make contact with the police team to make sure we can put anything in place.”

West Yorkshire Police said the man arrested for drug-driving had been charged over the incident.

A spokesperson said: “A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit in the Manningham area on Wednesday was later charged with driving without due care and attention, having no insurance and failure to provide a specimen.

“He has been bailed to appear before Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court next month and his vehicle has been seized. No officers were injured in this incident.

“Police received two reports of fireworks being let off close to Thornton Road at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

“Officers attended the location and no injuries were reported. A crime has been recorded for further investigation.”