NEW figures show the credit crunch is biting hard in Huddersfield.

The town has the 12th worst figures in the country for home repossessions.

In the first three months of this year 203 claims were issued from Huddersfield County Court, a rise of 57% on the same period last year.

Other courts in Yorkshire have seen more moderate increases, with Dewsbury going up 24%, Leeds 16% and Wakefield 29%.

Nationally only 11 courts have seen steeper rises than Huddersfield.

Evesham, near Birmingham, saw the highest increase, 167%.

A Citizens Advice Bureau spokeswoman urged people not to panic if they end up in court.

She said: “If you are taken to court it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to lose your home. The court will try to protect you as far as possible.

“If you show you can pay off the arrears over the lifetime of the mortgage it’s unlikely you will be evicted or have your home repossessed.

“If you are in difficulty talk to your lender; they should be willing to help you. If you have lots of debts prioritise them and pay off your mortgage first.”

For more information on the CAB visit www.adviceguide.org.uk or call 0844 848 7970.

Alternatively go to the Huddersfield branch at Standard House on Half Moon Street.