PUPILS from a Hexham school are teaming up with Northumbria Police to help more youngsters become aware of cyber crime.

As part of the new pilot scheme, the force is working with pupils from Hexham Middle School to develop a child-friendly version of the Computer Misuse Act, with help from Newcastle University and Northumberland County Council.

Pupils have been tasked with creating their own project to explain the act, which should help educate their fellow classmates about what constitutes as cyber crime and the dangers of getting involved in it.

They have been given free rein to choose their own project, which could be anything from a poster, a dance or a play.

The winning project will be chosen in March by teachers at the school, Northumbria Police Cyber Crime Team, Northumberland County Council and Newcastle University.