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Child neglect couple's time doubled

By Jan Colley

A couple who neglected five of their children have had their jail sentences more than doubled.

Nine children lived in bedrooms that smelled of urine and animal faeces and mattresses were soiled, Gloucester Crown Court heard in June.

Police photographs showed the squalor and filth of the family home, including a dirty and cluttered bedroom, ivy growing through a window and an open plug socket hanging from the wall.

The mother was sentenced to two years and nine months and the father was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

The couple, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to neglecting the children, ranging in age from a baby to a young teenager, between 2007 and 2012. Their case was referred to the Court of Appeal in London by the Attorney General Jeremy Wright and three judges agreed that the sentences were unduly lenient and should therefore be increased to six years in each case.

The judges said that the couple, who both had health problems, wilfully neglected the children over many years.

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