ELEVEN vehicles were seized from uninsured drivers in Keighley last month as part of the police Operation Steerside crackdown.

Latest figures also show that during September, 65 motorists were stopped in the town for not wearing a seatbelt, eight for speeding, three for using a vehicle with no test certificate and two for use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

More than 90 tickets were issued, and one arrest was made.

West Yorkshire Police launched Operation Steerside district-wide in 2016 to target law-flouting motorists, and have since stepped-up action in Keighley.

Cash from Keighley Town Council and money seized from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is being used to fund the focussed campaign.

Dangerous and irresponsible drivers are facing the full force of the police initiative.

Last year, the town council stumped-up £6,000 for the Keighley-specific blitz, which alone netted over 300 offenders.

This time, councillors agreed to provide £10,000, matching funds from POCA.

Cllr Michael Westerman, chairman of the town council's watch and transport committee, says he is delighted with the latest results.

"The figures are slightly down on the previous month which is a positive sign that perhaps the message is getting through to drivers," he added.

"It also shows that the funding provided by the town council was a worthwhile investment.

"Sgt Cameron Buchan and his fellow Operation Steerside officers deserve high praise for the work they're doing."