POLICE arrested 17 people on suspicion of a range of offences in a series of early morning raids.

They set out to target 40 known criminals by executing search warrants across Kirklees on Friday.

The arrests included suspects wanted for burglary, drug supply and benefiting from the proceeds of crime.

Detective Chief Insp Dave Knopwood said the operation was helped by intelligence provided by the public.

He said: “The types of people we have been targeting are drug dealers and burglars – the people who are bringing misery to the community.

“It was a successful day of action and has been based upon what people have been telling us.

“We had a list of 40 people we wanted to target. Although we didn’t get through them all in one day, these are people we are watching.

“This is about targeting people whose crime is funding their lifestyle.”

Neighbourhood policing teams in the district also visited 300 addresses to hand out crime prevention advice.

Surveys were carried out in streets where burglaries have recently been committed.

Every recent victim of crime was visited by a local officer.

Officers gathered information and intelligence about community issues.

West Yorkshire Police have been targeting burglaries because of the disproportionately high number of offences in the force area.

Kirklees Det Insp Richard Holmes added: “The police have been working with partner agencies focusing on those offenders who are suspected of committing burglary offences.

“The criminal activity of those that have not been arrested has also been severely disrupted by our activities, which has included the use of a number of different police departments.

“It has resulted in arrests and the recovery of controlled drugs, stolen property and cash believed to be from the proceeds of crime.

“The whole purpose of the operation has been on the management of those offenders we suspect to be committing criminal offences in the area and they will continue to be the focus of our attention.”