A SUPPORT group for asylum seekers in Huddersfield has denounced claims that many are flouting the law.
A former security guard at Huddersfield's Clare Hill hostel quit amid allegations that many refugees were getting away with motoring offences and other crimes.
But a spokesman for Kraft, the help group in Huddersfield, insisted that wrong-doers were taken to court.
Alan Brooke said: "It is wrong to suggest that large numbers of asylum seekers are getting away with crimes.
"A number of them have been prosecuted by the courts and their offences include driving without a licence, driving without insurance and other motoring offences.
"It is often difficult for them to prove to the authorities their capability to drive because they have no identity papers.
"There are some asylum seekers who flout the law, as there are with people in any walk of life, but we do not support people who have broken the law.
"We liaise with the police and with the authorities and if people are found guilty, they must be punished.
"In some cases they have received sentences which have jeopardised their chances of gaining asylum.
"We also work hard to ensure that the asylum seekers are helped to avoid breaking the law wherever possible".
West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Council have pledged to investigate claims made by former hostel employee Bob Robinson, who claims he quit his job because of the way in which hostel residents flouted the law.