Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown Catches School Truants

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown Catches School Truants

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More than 100 truants have been caught on and around the Metro system in a one-day crackdown by welfare workers and police.

Metro operator Nexus joined forces with Tyne and Wear's five local education authorities and police for the blitz which took place yesterday.

Education welfare officers patrolled stations in their council's area while Nexus staff provided a ring of steel at stations to prevent youngsters who had skipped school slipping the net.

The crackdown caught out 103 truants, with 33 in Newcastle alone where efforts were concentrated on the city centre.

Police and education officers were also placed at city centre stations to conduct barrier checks.

The second highest number were found in South Tyneside where 25 schoolchildren were out of class without permission.

In other areas, a total of 18 youngsters were caught out in Sunderland, 16 in Gateshead and 10 in North Tyneside.

Alison Tombling, schools and community liaison officer for Nexus, said: "These partnership operations are invaluable in helping catch children who are truanting. …

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