YOUNGSTERS from schools and colleges are to meet with police to push forward proposals for a special liaison group.

Pupils and students in the Scarborough area want to join forces with officers, by setting up a community and police youth liaison group.

A preliminary meeting was held last month in the resort's police station, and the group plans to meet again at the town's Sixth-Form College, on Tuesday.

Among the schools and colleges involved are Scalby, Pindar, Graham, Raincliffe and St Augustine schools, the Sixth-Form College, Yorkshire Coast College and Scarborough College.

At last month's meeting, presentations were made to the youngsters about how the area is policed, the workings of the local community and police liaison groups, and the police authority.

The event was chaired by Kim Johnson of the police authority who afterwards described the meeting as very worthwhile.

"We intend to sustain and develop the interest of young people in community policing issues," he said.

Tuesday's meeting will deal with the logistics of establishing the youth group on a formal footing, and will also look at issues related to the fear of crime, racism, and how police can create better understanding of their work in communities.