East Lancashire parents fined £2,300 in truancy crackdown

First published in Rawtenstall Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A FRESH crackdown on truants in East Lancashire has left no fewer than eight parents facing bills for fines and costs totalling more than £2,300.

Lancashire County Council education chiefs have mounted prosecutions at Reedley Magistrates Court over unauthorised absences for five youngsters.

The parents who were punished were ...

Stephen Marsh and Lorraine Kenyon, both 46, of Hardman Avenue, Rawtenstall, each admitted failing to ensure their daughter Rosie Elizabeth Marsh attended Alder Grange Community and Technology College.

The pair were each conditionally discharged for six months with £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge by magistrates.

Sheena Duckworth, 38, of Holland Avenue, Rawtenstall, and Michael Smith, 41, of Queens House, Rawtenstall, were convicted by magistrates after their daughter Alanna Jane Smith, 14, also persistently failed to attend Alder Grange.

Each was fined £525, with £100 costs to the education authority and a £15 victim surcharge, after the pair failed to attend court.

And Peter Swain, 46, of Pennine Road, Bacup, was similarly convicted over his daughter Rebecca Swain’s non-attendance at Fearns Community College. He was also fined £525 with £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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Earlier this month Muhammed Rauf, 34, of Ashford Street, Nelson, was convicted of a similar offence over absences involving his 10-year-old daughter Aisha Muhammed at Walverden Primary. He was fined £30 with £50 costs.

And Imran Mirza, 44, and Tahira Mirza, 42, of Parrock Road, Barrowford, were fined £135 and £45 respectively, with £45 costs each, after being found guilty in their absence of failing to ensure the attendance of their 10-year-old child Fatima Zarah at Lomeshaye Juniors.

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12:44pm Tue 1 May 12

happycyclist says...

Why are some people fined more than others?
Why are some people fined more than others? happycyclist
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12:49pm Tue 1 May 12

midas says...

Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) and therefore the magistrates have to presume they each have an income of £350. They were then given a band c fine (150%) = £525.
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The other attended at Court and entered a guilty plea (30% reduction in sentence) and if they were on benefits their income is deemed to be £100. The Magistrates will have looked at their means and then determined the level of fine after consideration of the mitigation and their ability to pay.
Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) and therefore the magistrates have to presume they each have an income of £350. They were then given a band c fine (150%) = £525. . The other attended at Court and entered a guilty plea (30% reduction in sentence) and if they were on benefits their income is deemed to be £100. The Magistrates will have looked at their means and then determined the level of fine after consideration of the mitigation and their ability to pay. midas
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1:14pm Tue 1 May 12

happycyclist says...

Thanks, midas.
Thanks, midas. happycyclist
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3:28pm Tue 1 May 12

GIBUCK says...

"Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) " .......they cant even be bothered to send their children to school, they dont know what their children get upto when they are not at school and you wonder why we see so many reports of ASBOs and delinquent children......blame the parents I dont give a **** what is said if a child is brought up with discipline they will learn to be discilined and will show respect to others and the community but not in this day of Jerremy Kyle sofa lounging, benefit hogging parents.............
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"Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) " .......they cant even be bothered to send their children to school, they dont know what their children get upto when they are not at school and you wonder why we see so many reports of ASBOs and delinquent children......blame the parents I dont give a **** what is said if a child is brought up with discipline they will learn to be discilined and will show respect to others and the community but not in this day of Jerremy Kyle sofa lounging, benefit hogging parents............. . GIBUCK
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4:05pm Tue 1 May 12

gigglewizz says...

people say these parents couldn't be bothered is totaly dissusting. none of u know what is happening in their lives and it's not as if lancs social services have helped. these parents are trying their hardest in a difficult time they dont need their childs name and a break down of each fine all over the places.
people say these parents couldn't be bothered is totaly dissusting. none of u know what is happening in their lives and it's not as if lancs social services have helped. these parents are trying their hardest in a difficult time they dont need their childs name and a break down of each fine all over the places. gigglewizz
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6:07pm Tue 1 May 12

Graham Hartley says...

The ideal response from the school in matters of poor attendance is to meet with parents. There are several intervention plans to try before resort to the law. Even in cases which progress to the courts there are strategies to adopt if parents are justifiably aggrieved. Gather support and organise it. Teachers are not well-trained to handle group action; petitions, leaflet handouts, approaches to the press... are all worthwhile if one's complaint is heartfelt. Teachers have resigned or been dismissed over matters of strong public disaproval, as is evinced by reports in this newspaper.
The ideal response from the school in matters of poor attendance is to meet with parents. There are several intervention plans to try before resort to the law. Even in cases which progress to the courts there are strategies to adopt if parents are justifiably aggrieved. Gather support and organise it. Teachers are not well-trained to handle group action; petitions, leaflet handouts, approaches to the press... are all worthwhile if one's complaint is heartfelt. Teachers have resigned or been dismissed over matters of strong public disaproval, as is evinced by reports in this newspaper. Graham Hartley
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6:13pm Tue 1 May 12

sen c bl says...

Fined!

Try gettin money out of em.
Fined! Try gettin money out of em. sen c bl
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9:05pm Tue 1 May 12

timeforcommonsense says...

Maybe the kids should do 5 years in a borstal/boarding school
Maybe the kids should do 5 years in a borstal/boarding school timeforcommonsense
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10:11pm Tue 1 May 12

Good call says...

GIBUCK wrote:
"Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) " .......they cant even be bothered to send their children to school, they dont know what their children get upto when they are not at school and you wonder why we see so many reports of ASBOs and delinquent children......blame the parents I dont give a **** what is said if a child is brought up with discipline they will learn to be discilined and will show respect to others and the community but not in this day of Jerremy Kyle sofa lounging, benefit hogging parents.............

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Why don't you stop going on about so called benefit scroungers and start complaining about things like jobcentre staff tricking people out of benefits. or ex army who've been diagnosed with PTSD being declared "fit to "work" by some jobcentre drone.And george osbourne wants to cut £10 billion more from welfare budget,we're all in this together yes we are all in this together,getting f****d by the government.Rant over.
[quote][p][bold]GIBUCK[/bold] wrote: "Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) " .......they cant even be bothered to send their children to school, they dont know what their children get upto when they are not at school and you wonder why we see so many reports of ASBOs and delinquent children......blame the parents I dont give a **** what is said if a child is brought up with discipline they will learn to be discilined and will show respect to others and the community but not in this day of Jerremy Kyle sofa lounging, benefit hogging parents............. .[/p][/quote]Why don't you stop going on about so called benefit scroungers and start complaining about things like jobcentre staff tricking people out of benefits. or ex army who've been diagnosed with PTSD being declared "fit to "work" by some jobcentre drone.And george osbourne wants to cut £10 billion more from welfare budget,we're all in this together yes we are all in this together,getting f****d by the government.Rant over. Good call
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12:18am Wed 2 May 12

nice person says...

Good call wrote:
GIBUCK wrote:
"Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) " .......they cant even be bothered to send their children to school, they dont know what their children get upto when they are not at school and you wonder why we see so many reports of ASBOs and delinquent children......blame the parents I dont give a **** what is said if a child is brought up with discipline they will learn to be discilined and will show respect to others and the community but not in this day of Jerremy Kyle sofa lounging, benefit hogging parents.............


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Why don't you stop going on about so called benefit scroungers and start complaining about things like jobcentre staff tricking people out of benefits. or ex army who've been diagnosed with PTSD being declared "fit to "work" by some jobcentre drone.And george osbourne wants to cut £10 billion more from welfare budget,we're all in this together yes we are all in this together,getting f****d by the government.Rant over.
Very well said Good call.
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GIBUCK[/bold] wrote: "Duckworth, Smith and Swaine couldn't be bothered to turn up to Court (or even enter a plea by post) " .......they cant even be bothered to send their children to school, they dont know what their children get upto when they are not at school and you wonder why we see so many reports of ASBOs and delinquent children......blame the parents I dont give a **** what is said if a child is brought up with discipline they will learn to be discilined and will show respect to others and the community but not in this day of Jerremy Kyle sofa lounging, benefit hogging parents............. .[/p][/quote]Why don't you stop going on about so called benefit scroungers and start complaining about things like jobcentre staff tricking people out of benefits. or ex army who've been diagnosed with PTSD being declared "fit to "work" by some jobcentre drone.And george osbourne wants to cut £10 billion more from welfare budget,we're all in this together yes we are all in this together,getting f****d by the government.Rant over.[/p][/quote]Very well said Good call. nice person
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4:44pm Thu 24 May 12

Tell-it-how-it-is says...

More white parents letting there kids run wild....oh well....
More white parents letting there kids run wild....oh well.... Tell-it-how-it-is
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