Vandals – three younger than 10 and one aged 11 – left £30,000 worth of damage at Parkside Garage in Leeds.
The owners were left with a number of written-off vehicles, have been forced to lay off one employee and has had to close the body shop part of the business.
Three of the youngest children face no action due to their age, while the oldest has been issued with a conditional caution.
“Not getting anywhere”
Darren Idle, who runs the garage with his wife Angela, said: “We [feel] failed by the system.
“We feel like we’re not getting anywhere or getting any justice.
“I know that when I was 11, I knew right from wrong and my two daughters did from a very early age.
“My 13-year-old daughter has even asked the youth panel hearing if she can meet the older boy face to face to ask why he has done this.”
Inspector Richard Clarke, of Leeds South neighbourhood policing team, said: “This was obviously a serious offence which resulted in a considerable amount of damage caused to the vehicles and a thorough investigation was carried out.
“Due to the young age of those involved, one of the suspects was prosecuted and received a youth conditional caution.
“Decisions on the appropriate method of dealing with young people involved in crime are considered very carefully and the Crown Prosecution Service are routinely involved at an early stage.
“In cases where the offenders are children, the opinion of specialists within the Youth Offending Service is also sought.”
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