Thousands of pounds in cash has been seized in a series of police operations across Bradford targeting those who benefit from ill-gotten gains.

It is part of a West Yorkshire Police Proceeds of Crime campaign which encourages communities to report those who appear to be living beyond their means.

This week, police seized £10,000 in cash and 120 wraps of suspected heroin and crack cocaine after executing a search warrant in Jesmond Avenue, Heaton. Inquiries are ongoing to trace the occupants.

Three men, aged 39, 27 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of mortgage fraud after three warrants were executed in the Utley area of Keighley. As a result, more than £20,000 was seized from a property in Wayside Court. All the men have been bailed.

In a separate investigation, officers attended an address in Foster Avenue, Thornton, and recovered £5,000. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing criminal property and was bailed pending financial inquiries.

In a further operation, two men, aged 38 and 31, were arrested from a grey Rover in Carlisle Place, Manningham, on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. More than 20 wraps of suspected heroin and crack cocaine were recovered, along with a small quantity of cash. A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs, and later bailed.

Detective Sergeant David Marston, of the Airedale and North Bradford Proceeds of Crime Team, said it formed part of ongoing work to tackle individuals who fund their lifestyles through criminal endeavours.

“The money taken from criminals is then being re-invested into local communities through police and community projects,” he said.