Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Could Society Let This Happen? CHILDREN FOUND LIVING IN UTTER SQUALOR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Could Society Let This Happen? CHILDREN FOUND LIVING IN UTTER SQUALOR

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

THIS is the shocking scene of utter filth where children were found living in gut-wrenching squalor with their disgusting parents.

The Tyneside home was in an appalling state, caked in faeces and rotting food and infested with flies.

Astonishingly, the couple who lived in the 'pig sty' both had decent jobs which involved them having hygiene and health and safety certificates at work.

When the authorities turned up at their home, they found the children riddled with head lice and a police officer said the smell "made his eyes water".

The mother, in her 30s, had the audacity to say she 'did a bit of tidying up this morning' when challenged about the state of her home while the dad, who is in his 40s, confessed they had lived like that for six months.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the youngsters have been left with long term issues including learning difficulties due to the neglect they suffered.

Now the parents - who cannot be named for legal reasons - have been locked up for child neglect.

Judge Stephen Earl told the pair: "Frankly, how they managed to survive in your care is somewhat in question.

"It is appalling that you lived in this situation, never mind brought up children in it.

"This is protracted neglect over a lengthy period of time."

Defence barristers told the court that the parents had been struggling with their own issues at the time and their situation got out of hand and urged the judge to suspend the prison sentences.

But he refused, saying: "Such that the message is sent appropriately that children are probably one of the greatest assets that a society has.

"The way in which these children were ill-treated and neglected deserves an immediate custodial sentence."

Judge Earl questioned how those who saw the children every day outside of their home did not raise any concerns.

I have concerns about how allowed this through society's Judge Stephen He said: "Didn't school notice that these children were in an appalling state? "It is reported that these children had had lice, serious head lice for two years or more. …

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