A GROUP of youths have been caught bunking off school as police step up patrols.

While on patrol, police officers found a group of young people in a woodland area of The Milldown, Blandford.

They left the area covered in litter.

A spokesman for North Dorset Police said: "Whilst on patrol, a group of youths were located in a secluded area of The Milldown rather than being at their respective places of education. Details taken and safeguarding steps underway. Another location to add to the outreach list."