Police lure wanted criminals in after fooling them into entering a Christmas hamper offer by police.
South Yorkshire Police sent a card to a list of wanted people telling them they had won a free hamper and needed to book a delivery slot.
But when the winners came to the door they were arrested and delivered to the courts.
South Yorkshire police arrested 21 wanted criminals over two days with the same method.
Detective chief inspector Lee Berry, who oversaw the operation, said: “Some of those arrested were wanted in relation to serious charges, including supplying an illegal article into prison, dangerous driving, drink driving, assault and fraud.
“It’s encouraging that our innovative approach has yielded positive results and we will continue to explore new avenues for apprehending those wanted, which impacts upon the victims of crime.
“Sending officers to addresses where wanted people no longer reside is also a drain on valuable police resources.”
Police had sent the prize offer from a fictional company named Herald Hampers on the 18th and 19th of December.
Those arrested included people wanted in relation to some serious offences such as burglaries, drink-driving, drugs offences and harassment.
Most of the case went before the courts and concluded within one day which included driving disqualifications, recall to prison, new curfews imposed and fines being issued.
One of those suspected offenders was remanded in police custody,
Well played, Merry Christmas from South Yorkshire Police.