PEOPLE shirking fines have learned the hard way that non-payment is not an option.
West Yorkshire Police's Target team joined forces with court enforcement officers last week to visit the homes of people wanted on warrant for unpaid fines.
The blitz landed in Huddersfield on Tuesday when more than 400 homes were visited.
Around 30 people were arrested and court officials collected £3,283 in unpaid fines on doorsteps across the town. People who were out were left stern letters telling them to pay up or attend a special fines court at the town's magistrates' court.
Since Saturday, November 6, 231 people have been arrested and fines totalling £28,600 recovered.
The action was part of a nationwide campaign called Operation Payback.
Sgt Mark Eilbeck, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "This campaign was all about showing people they will be held accountable for the money they owe.
"The joint action sends a strong message to offenders that we are serious about enforcing court decisions.
"People who try to avoid payment will get a knock at their door and may even find themselves in court."
People who are having trouble paying should contact the enforcement department on 0113 307 6600.