Police carry out patrols to target truancy in the district

Police carry out patrols to target truancy in the district

Police carry out patrols to target truancy in the district

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Authorities are taking a hard line on truancy, with police actively searching for children skiving school.

The number of fines for unauthorised absences in the Braintree district this academic year has already exceeded last year’s total, with 46 penalty notices issued, compared with 38 in 2012/13.

They include 21 for truancy and 25 for holidays taken during term-time.

Last Thursday morning, Sgt Martin Richards, three PCSOs and five education welfare officers patrolled Witham and neighbouring villages, including Kelvedon, Coggeshall, Bradwell, Feering, Silver End, Hatfield Peverel and Terling, in search of truants.

The eight children found were all deemed to have legitimate reasons to be off school, but Mr Richards has warned truancy will not be tolerated.

See today's Witham Times for the full story

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4:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

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This smacks terribly of a heavy-handed Big Brother mentality. "You WILL go to school and you WILL learn what we teach you to believe ...". Of course truancy is not tolerable but I think The Man is going a bit too far when it comes to handing out fines for kids on holiday with Mum and Dad. It could be an issue maybe but surely the kids can catch up during summer (or even go to summer school)? And this in a country where there's little or no stigma attached to not finishing high school and joining the dole at sixteen. Clearly something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Anyway, out of a population of almost 150,000 people, only 47 tickets were issued? And they spent how much on THIRTEEN coppers and others walking and driving about (at 1.30 a litre, no less) looking for kids skipping school? Doesn't that strike anyone as a bit OTT? Sheesh.
This smacks terribly of a heavy-handed Big Brother mentality. "You WILL go to school and you WILL learn what we teach you to believe ...". Of course truancy is not tolerable but I think The Man is going a bit too far when it comes to handing out fines for kids on holiday with Mum and Dad. It could be an issue maybe but surely the kids can catch up during summer (or even go to summer school)? And this in a country where there's little or no stigma attached to not finishing high school and joining the dole at sixteen. Clearly something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Anyway, out of a population of almost 150,000 people, only 47 tickets were issued? And they spent how much on THIRTEEN coppers and others walking and driving about (at 1.30 a litre, no less) looking for kids skipping school? Doesn't that strike anyone as a bit OTT? Sheesh. /@|_|@\
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