ARMCHAIR detectives in West Yorkshire are helping police arrest crooks by using their home computers to crack a crime.

Every week, hundreds more people are logging on to the Crimestoppers photo appeals on the West Yorkshire Police website www.westyorkshire.

And their calls to police have led to arrests.

Det Sgt Ian Froggett, spokesman for West Yorkshire Crimestoppers, said: "There has been a big increase in the number of people contacting Crime- stoppers after spotting someone on the website.

"Over the last few months, nearly 60 people have suggested names and other details, enabling police to make further inquiries," he added.

"As a result, there have already been 10 people arrested and charged with, hopefully, more results on the way."

Det Sgt Froggett said people can log on at any time of the day and night to look at the photos.

"They might have seen an appeal in the Examiner and want to check the image again by looking at the web," he said.

Crimes featured range from robberies and burglaries to shoplifting and vandalism, with the images being taken direct from CCTV/security cameras throughout the county.

"The smallest amount of information can make the biggest difference and result in the arrest of a criminal," said Det Sgt Froggett.

Callers to Crimestoppers are not asked any personal details. Their calls are not taped and cannot be traced.

Calls don't even show up on itemised bills.

Callers will remain anonymous but can still claim a cash reward.

If you can help to clear up a crime, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

* Last month saw an important milestone for Crimestoppers in West Yorkshire.

More than 500 people were arrested and charged with crimes in 2004 after calls to Crimestoppers had provided key information.

This was achieved from 4,500 calls where the caller had provided enough information for the police to act.