A BRADFORD policing team has made nearly 900 arrests in the last year for burglary offences.

The District Crime Team (DCT) was formed in April 2023 to combat a rise in the number of burglaries across the area.

In the last year, 79 people have been charged with more than 100 offences.

These include Michel Duda, of Derby Street in Little Horton, who has been charged with five burglary offences in relation to incidents at a halls of residence on Laisteridge Lane.

The 31-year-old is next due to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday, November 12.

Callum Warne Cleave, 23, has been charged with one burglary at a property on Chapel Street in Little Germany.

Cleave, also of Chapel Street, is due to appear at Bradford Crown Court this Wednesday (July 10).

Bailey Firth, 19, of Fencote Crescent in Fagley, has been charged with four offences relating to a series of offences in the BD2 area.

He is due to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday, July 17.

There have also been a number of convictions and sentences at court in the last 12 months including Creddy Taylor and Manzar Naqui.

Taylor was sentenced to eight years for aggravated burglary.

Naqui was sentenced to seven years after admitting to seven offences and being convicted of seven more burglary offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Atkinson, head of the District Crime Team for Bradford District, is pleased that "significant process" has been made when it comes to burglaries.

He also know more work is needed and was keen to reassure the public police are doing everything they can to catch offenders.

DCI Atkinson said: “Since setting up the District Crime Team we have made significant progress, but there is more we aim to achieve.

“We understand that being burgled can have a profound impact on people's lives.

“This dedicated team across Bradford district utilises intelligence in addition to assistance from the community to build a clearer picture of the burglaries in the area and identify patterns and emerging trends, this has been key in ensuring prolific offenders are charged and convicted.

“I would like to send a message to the people who think it’s acceptable to break into people’s homes and businesses.

"We are committed to listening to our communities and will do everything we can to get justice for the number of people who are victims of burglary.”