A GROUP of teenagers from South Tyneside are taking a lead role at a major conference on youth crime.
The girls, aged between 14 and 17 and from the Whiteleas and Biddick Hall areas of South Shields, have been invited by national crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to take part in its first North of England volunteer and partnership conference in Manchester.
During the all-day event the teenagers – known as the Fearless Crew – will be asked for their views on youth crime and how Crimestoppers can promote its youth brand throughout Northumbria.
The group is based at Chuter Ede Community Centre in Galsworthy Road, South Shields.
Fearless – a part of Crimestoppers – is a site where teenagers can get advice about crime.
Dave Hunter, Crimestoppers’ North East regional manager, said: “The event is unique in that it is the first one we have held in the North of England.
“It’s great that we are also able to invite along a group of young people who will be able to give us their views on how we can promote Fearless to young people throughout Northumbria.
“I have heard so much about the teenagers. I’m sure their input will be greatly appreciated.”
Police officers from 12 forces throughout the North of England will be represented at the event on Tuesday.
The conference also celebrates 25 years of the crime-fighting charity.