A POLICE operation across West Yorkshire has led to 276 arrests and 700 cars seized.
Police have targeted cars being used on the road illegally in the week-long campaign called Ring Of Steel.
As that finishes a smaller crackdown has begun in Dalton with three men arrested so far.
One was detained after police using a roadside Automatic Number Plate Recognition system stopped a car he was driving.
He was detained on suspicion of wounding.
Another man was later arrested on suspicion of a recent robbery in Thongsbridge and a third man was detained on suspicion of theft.
The Dalton blitz continues today with police also carrying out high profile policing on busy Wakefield Road up through Lepton - scene of fatal crashes this year - and crime prevention work with Huddersfield University students on the Snow Island campus.
In the Ring Of Steel campaign, police worked with DVLA to seize a total of 689 vehicles without tax or insurance. The arrests were for offences including burglary, theft and vehicle crime.
Det Chief Insp John Gilbody, who led the operation, said: "I have no doubt our action disrupted criminals across the region, not only in West Yorkshire but beyond our boundaries as well.
"Our aim was to make travelling around the area very difficult for criminals intent on carrying out crime and I feel confident that we achieved this.
"Our work with the DVLA has resulted in a hundreds of cars that were being used illegally being taken out of circulation.
"People should not expect to get away with not paying road tax and insurance when the majority of law abiding citizens do so.
"It shows our determination to tackle priority crime and demonstrates the lengths we will go to target those we feel are responsible.
"Criminals in West Yorkshire should be under no illusions because this is not all we have planned. If they don't want to see in the New Year behind bars then we'd strongly recommend a crime-free Christmas."