A SPECIALIST police team in Kirklees has made 1,000 arrests in less than a year.

And its officers caught one man who had been on the run for seven years.

The Dewsbury Target Team arrested the 32-year-old man in Heckmondwike who was wanted for seven years for drugs offences.

He has now been remanded in custody until he is sentenced.

The team consists of a sergeant and eight constables.

Sgt David Haigh now heads the team after taking over from Sgt Andy Howard in June.

The team concentrates on arresting people who have breached their bail conditions or are wanted on warrant for priority offences such as burglary, drug possession and trafficking, robbery and vehicle crime.

Sgt Haigh said: "We have made good inroads into catching known prolific offenders.

"Thanks to everyone's efforts and the support received from regular officers, we have the lowest number of outstanding warrants in West Yorkshire."

Chief Insp Keith Hallas, of Dewsbury Police, said: "This is an incredible achievement.

"This team was formed last winter to target known offenders in the Dewsbury area. The majority are those wanted on warrant or in breach of their bail.

"The team has focused on arresting these people at the earliest opportunity and putting them straight back to court.

"Priority crime in Dewsbury has fallen dramatically and the intervention of the Target Team has contributed significantly to reducing it."