A TEENAGER walked in the shoes of a Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner for the day and held talks with a force's chief constable.

Libby Wright, 17, took on the duties of Ron Hogg as part of a 'Takeover Challenge' and also met Mike Barton, Durham Police's chief constable.

During a visit to police headquarters in Durham she also announced which youth-centred projects were to receive a share of £20,000 made available by Mr Hogg and the High Sheriff of Durham, Caroline Peacock.

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The projects were suggested by young people themselves with a committee of Durham Police cadets and 'mini police', chaired by Miss Wright, deciding where the cash should go.

Successful projects included

:: A website for schools to help teachers plan lessons on topics such as road and internet safety

:: 'Fun' motorbike sessions for youngsters who have been in trouble previously

:: Projects aimed at the disabled tackling issues such as drugs, bullying and hate crime.

Miss Wright, from Stanley, was recently announced as Mr Hogg's shadow, the Young Police, Crime and Victim's Commissioner.

She said: “I’m pleased that the committee has funded some projects which will make a real difference to people’s lives.

"I really want to give young people a voice during my time in post and I will continue to ask how the police and other service providers are prioritising the things which young people feel strongly about."