AN appeal was made to Huddersfield's mobile phone users today.

`Look after it or lose it' was the message from police after a wave of crimes.

Huddersfield police have renewed appeals for people to be extra- vigilant after a spate of town centre thefts.

Phone owners were warned to take extra care over the Easter holiday period, but despite a police alert there were still 21 thefts since last Thursday evening.

All the stolen phones were taken from pubs and clubs in Huddersfield town centre.

Pc Dave McSweeney, of Huddersfield police, said officers were disappointed that - despite repeated warnings - people were still falling victim to mobile phone thefts.

"Please, please look after your mobile phones and don't leave them on a table or on view in a handbag while in a pub or club," said Pc McSweeney.

He also warned people trying to make false claims about stolen phones that they could face prosecution.

A force-wide scheme in West Yorkshire, Street Smart, aims to stamp out the problem of people making false claims about the theft of mobile phones or other items of personal property.

People reporting thefts to the police must now sign a declaration acknowledging the truth of their claims and that they understand they face prosecution if their claim is not genuine.

People making false allegations face criminal prosecution in court.