A NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team (NPT) Inspector has revealed burglaries are on the increase in his area, but officers are "working tirelessly" to keep people safe.

Inspector Carl O'Brien, from Bradford South NPT, was speaking after West Yorkshire Police secured a charge against a man after an attempted burglary in Wibsey last week.

Officers from the NPT were called to reports of an ongoing burglary at Flaxen Court on Friday, November 13.

Police rushed to the street and arrested a male on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods.

Christopher Broadbent, 38, from Wibsey, was subsequently charged with burglary and attempted burglary.

He appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court on Monday, November 16, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

Inspector O'Brien explained that burglaries are increasing in the Wibsey area, as darker nights draw in, but local NPT teams are doing everything they can to keep the community safe.

He said: “There has been an increase in burglaries in the Wibsey area over the past few weeks, but the local NPT teams are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of our communities.

“I hope results like this provide reassurance to residents that we take their concerns seriously and will take robust action.

“We know from experience we often get increases in burglary and theft offences as we move into the darker nights period and we will continue to respond to any emerging patterns quickly in order to reassure our communities.”

Anyone who has any concerns, or has any information about offences in their area, is urged to contact their local NPT teams so they can take positive action.

They can be contacted via 101 on the West Yorkshire Police website.

For more information and advice on burglaries and how to keep your home safe and secure during the winter months, visit: westyorkshire.police.uk/burglary