Parents fined for children's lack of attendance

More parents have been fined by Tameside magistrates for failing to ensure their children had regularly attended school - but in one case the court imposed a suspended custodial sentence.

Magistrates dealt with a string of charges from across Tameside and Oldham and, for the most part, handed out fines of £220 to parents - plus additional court costs of £150 to also be paid. 

However, in one very serious case, one parent was given a suspended jail sentence by the court, being threatened with a three-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. 

This was because their children had not attended school for a sustained length of time. 

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