MORE than 20 teams of young people have taken part in a police challenge in North Yorkshire over summer.

North Yorkshire Police launched its Lifestyle Challenge over summer, which aimed to give young people aged between ten and 17 a positive project to work on over the long break and the chance to improve quality of life in the district.

Activities included combating loneliness amongst the elderly by entertaining residents and visitors at the Moors Care Centre in Ripon with dancing, singing and games.

Other activities have included creating fairy door hunts at Burton Riggs Nature Reserve and volunteering at Sure Start Children’s Centre in Clifton, as well as pot washing and cleaning up graffiti.

They then have until the end of September to work on their project, recording all they do in a log book provided by the police.

The log books are then submitted for judging, with the winners attending an awards ceremony in November to receive their prizes.

Sgt Neil Northend from Partnership Hub, said: “The work these teams have done over the summer really demonstrates the way Lifestyle Challenge can help the community, it’s great to see teams getting involved, carrying out projects which benefit the community and environment we live in.

“I would like to thank everyone who registered this year - over 20 teams, and look forward to receiving their log books and finding out what great work they have all been involved with. Well done.”

Teams have until September 24 to post their log books to; Lifestyle Office, Partnership Hub, North Yorkshire Police, I ‘Anson Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4ND.

Alternatively they can be marked ‘LIFESTYLE’ Richmond Police Station and handed in at a local police station.

Judging will then take place and awards ceremony will be held on 15 November.