MPs are demanding more funding for the police to tackle rising gun crime on the district's streets.

Philip Davies, whose Shipley constituency includes Denholme and Cullingworth, is among those to raise concerns about an increase in firearms offences.

He has joined with Bradford South MP Judith Cummins and her fellow Bradford MPs Naz Shah and Imran Hussain to call for West Yorkshire Police to receive more funds to address the issue.

"Gun offences are rising and we are even seeing a few examples in my constituency – which is unusual and which is something we do not want to see any more of," said Mr Davies.

"I always support giving the police more resources.

"The force is incredibly stretched and it is perfectly clear to anybody that sees the work first-hand that the police do, that they need more resources to fight crime.

"Protecting the public should be the priority of any government. As well as more resources for police, there should be proper punishment when criminals go before the courts.

"There is plenty of money available by reducing the overseas aid budget."

Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, says firearms offences are taken very seriously and he has pledged to battle for more funds.

"There is extensive proactive work ongoing in Bradford district and across West Yorkshire to tackle the illegal use and storage of weapons and firearms including the use of specialised teams and investigators," he said.

"I strongly oppose any further cuts to West Yorkshire Police's budget, having already lost over £140m since 2010 at the cost of over 2,000 police and staff jobs.

"I'll continue to fight for a fairer funding deal for West Yorkshire. I will be liaising with Judith Cummins and all West Yorkshire MPs during the course of the year to seek their support in the review of the national policing funding formula."