Parents are fined for not sending their child to school

A Berwick couple have been fined for failing to send their child to school.

Thursday, 16th November 2017, 8:13 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 4:23 pm
Berwick Magistrates' Court

The case against the pair, from the Spittal area of the town, was found proved in their absence at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

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The court heard the child had only attended school 75 per cent of the time over a six-month period. There had been 50 unauthorised absences and there was no medical reason.

Northumberland County Council solicitor Lisa Bishop said: “The council felt it was appropriate to offer a fixed penalty notice as a direct alternative to prosecution but it has not been paid.”

They were fined £440 and £94 in costs.