TWENTY-nine vehicles were seized and eight arrests made during a week-long police crackdown staged on the district's roads.

The campaign was led by the Operation Steerside enforcement team, following an increase in reports of vehicles being used illegally and anti-socially.

Action was taken across the Bradford district's six neighbourhood policing team areas, including Keighley.

The crackdown also saw 137 motorists reported for offences and 33 for summons – and the issuing of 13, section 59 warnings, which give police the power to seize a vehicle if it is found to be involved in repeated anti-social use.

Two drivers were reported to the DVLA for road tax offences.

Inspector Nick Haigh, of Bradford District Police, said: “This was a week of action aimed specifically at addressing a reported increase in the anti-social and illegal use of vehicles in Bradford district – and was in addition to the continued work of the Steerside team, which operates seven days a week.

“As a partnership we are committed to making the roads of Bradford safer and will deploy additional resources to tackle these issues when and where they persist.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in this week of action, which I hope provides the residents of Bradford district with reassurance that we are listening to them and acting on their road safety concerns.”

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “This has been another successful week of action to tackle the anti-social and dangerous use of vehicles.

“We will continue to support the police in taking appropriate action to deal with those who show a disregard for the law and the safety of others.

“This enforcement work is backed-up by education and awareness programmes to encourage people to act responsibly on our roads.”