WORK to help youngsters change their ways has been given Royal approval.
HRH the Princess Royal met members of County Durham Youth Offending Service (YOS) yesterday before moving on to HMP Durham.
Princess Anne’s visit was part of her work as a patron of the Butler Trust, which champions good work in prisons, probation and the youth justice system.
During her tour of County Hall, the Princess Royal met members of YOS teams and Durham County Council chairman Coun Dennis Morgan.
She was also presented with a hamper of locally produced foods.
Her visit followed on from a presentation to the head of the service Gill Eshelby, who was awarded a commendation from the trust for her work to divert young people from the criminal justice system.
She helped set up a project with the police to deal with first-time offenders, offering them a chance and help to change their ways before they are given an official reprimand.