THERE’S a cold Christmas in store for crooks after Keighley police designed their own advent calendar.

Instead of chocolate behind the doors the Neighbourhood Policing Team hope to find burglars, drug dealers and other wanted criminals.

Officers promise a home delivery of justice every day throughout December to stop thieves making unwanted visits to other people’s homes.

The police advent calendar has been given the big ho-ho-ho by Councillor Mick Westerman, chairman of Keighley Town Council’s Watch and Transport committee.

Cllr Westerman and his colleagues work closely on local crime issues with Inspector Khalid Khan and his NPT officers.

PC Caroline Foster, a member of the NPT, is making daily tweets about the progress of #Keighleyadventcalendar.

On the first day, officers executed a warrant at a Braithwaite house and seized amphetamine and cannabis.

The following day PC Foster tweeted: “What's behind today's door? Arrest for a burglary dwelling, possession of cocaine and resist arrest.”

She said that Day Three’s door was opened by a 20-year-old North Yorkshire man who nipped over the border to burgle an address in Keighley.

She added: “He’s now in our second home - Bradford cells #hohoho #letmeout #policingkeighley.”

NP sergeant Pete Softley congratulated his fellow officers for their Advent operations, tweeting: “Don't want chocolate behind doors – we only want drugs, dealers, burglars or robbers.

He revealed the Day Four operation, tweeting: "A male wanted for Breach of Non-Molestation Order wanted since September has had an early pressie... cells, charge and remand."

Cllr Westerman this week hailed the police advent calendar as a fantastic idea, and he would give his praise personally this week during his regular meeting with Inspector Khan.

He said: “Behind some of these doors there could be two or three nice surprises – it’s a calendar that keeps on giving! And none of these calendars are on sale.

“Since Inspector Khan arrived the policing in Keighley has been more prevalent – you can see what’s happening. Rather than words spoken, he’s taking action.

“He’s been here about a year and the amount of offenders now in prison must be at its highest. The police have a ‘big red key’ to criminals’ houses – there’s no hiding place.”

Keighley people can check out the Police Advent Calendar every day by visiting @WYP_PC27FOSTER on Twitter.