POLICE have come up with a Christmas cracker of an idea to catch people who have failed to turn up in court.
They plan to target these people over the festive period when they are likely to be at home with their families.
And with courts closed at Christmas, anyone arrested may face a long wait in police cells.
Police in Dewsbury are determined to catch up with people wanted on warrant for failing to attend court.
They have sent letters to them this week giving them a simple choice: "Hand yourself in or face a long wait in the cells."
Insp Jill O'Connell, of Dewsbury police, said: "We will be focusing our resources over the Christmas period, visiting addresses for those currently wanted on warrant.
"My message to them is quite clear. Take this opportunity to hand yourselves in now at a time that is convenient to you rather than waiting to be disturbed during the festivities.
"Consider what it would feel like to have a clean slate.
"The warrant will not go away and you will be arrested sooner or later.
"Co-operate with us and you can look forward to a time when you may not have to worry when someone knocks on your door."
She urged people knowing the whereabouts of someone wanted by the courts to contact police with details.