A CRACKDOWN on anti-social and illegal driving in Keighley netted more than 600 offenders in just three months, latest figures reveal.

Police issued a total of 641 penalty tickets in the town as part of Operation Steerside in the three months up to the end of April.

Nearly two thirds of those – 421 – were for failing to wear a seatbelt. Eighty-six were issued for driving without insurance, 50 for speeding, 42 for using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel, 33 for having a vehicle with no test certificate and 20 for anti-social driving.

Officers handed tickets to 17 motorists whose vehicles had defects, and to nine people for driving while disqualified. There were also nine arrests.

Operation Steerside in Keighley is supported by the town council, which has agreed to match £10,000 of Proceeds of Crime funding.