SIR - That 57per cent of attacks on firefighters in West Yorkshire over a recent 12 month period were undertaken in Bradford is an appalling statistic (T&A, June 24).

This tells us much about the sort of youths apparently involved, and perhaps also about the quality of their parents.

There was no mention in the report of how many were caught and prosecuted. If the answer is very few then much more needs to be done to apprehend these low-lifes. They then need deterrent sentences, whatever their ages, with questions also asked of their parents at the same time.

Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon