POLICE were feeling festive at a Christmas event organised to help struggling families.

Officers at Newton Aycliffe Police Station welcomed the community to Santa's grotto for a fundraising event in the town centre.

During the event, youngsters met father Christmas and Mrs Claus alongside the Lapland elves.

There was also a raffle, Christmas games and a giant snow globe on display.

Hundreds was raised from the day which will go into helping families in need in the Newton Aycliffe area.

A police spokesperson said: "Thank you to everyone who came along today and supported our Santa's grotto event. It was a massive success and we raised over £650."