Yobs broke into a Castleford church and trashed “treasured” arts and crafts equipment belonging to a brownie group.
Brownie leaders say the youngsters have been left devastated by the incident at Castleford United Reformed Church on December 22.
Lisa Scranage, leader of 10th Castleford Brownies, said: “We just can’t understand what sort of person would do this and deliberately cause so much damage to an area that is obviously used by children.
“Whoever broke in made a real mess of the church and threw our equipment everywhere.”
Miss Scranage said doors, storage cupboards and a photocopier had also been damaged.
She added: “Although they didn’t actually take anything they’ve ruined loads of our equipment, which is like treasure to the girls, and we simply won’t be able to afford to replace it all.”
Insp Dave Bugg, of Castleford neighbourhood policing team, said: “We were called to reports of a burglary at an address on Carlton Street, Castleford at 8.37am on Monday 23 December.
“We believe it happened overnight and nothing was taken.
“This was clearly a distressing incident for everyone and I would ask that anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”