Princess Anne visits Darlington's Youth Offending Service

The Princess Royal unveiling a plaque
The Princess Royal greets Jo Benson

HRH The Princess Royal has paid a special visit to Darlington to applaud the efforts of the borough’s Youth Offending Service staff.

Jo Benson, Darlington Borough Council’s Youth Offending Service Manager, was earlier this year presented with a prestigious Butler Trust award for being an outstanding leader by the Princess Royal, who is the charity’s Patron.

Today (December 2) Princess Anne was in Darlington to meet Jo and the 26-strong team at the Youth Offending Service (YOS), described as ‘one of the best in the country’ by the Butler Trust.

During the visit Jo introduced Her Royal Highness to case managers, members of the Anti-Social Behaviour and Intervention Delivery teams, as well as representatives of support agencies, partner groups and board members.

Others attending the event included Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg and Darlington Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Tom Nutt and Gill Nutt.

The Princess Royal was then invited to unveil a plaque commemorating her visit before signing the visitors’ book.

First launched in 1985, the Butler Trust Annual Awards celebrate outstanding dedication, skill and creativity by people working in prisons, probation and youth justice settings across the UK. The Awards are the most prestigious of their kind and are presented each year by our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. For more details log onto the website here.