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Northern Ireland parents fined £3,000 for children missing school

By George Jackson

The mother and father of three primary school children who didn't send them to school for prolonged periods of time over the last two years have been fined.

The parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were fined £3,000 at the Youth Court in Londonderry yesterday.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the parents had given him no option but to impose the fine.

He said he was fining each of the parents £500 per child and gave them 12 weeks to pay the penalty.

An educational welfare officer told the District Judge that the children's parents had failed to attend court hearings in recent months and had failed to engage with the education authorities.

The officer said the parents had also failed to co-operate with the relevant school and with the various other agencies in an effort to address the issue of their children's prolonged absence from school.

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