Newlyweds who took daughter out of school for New York honeymoon given cautions

Newlywed parents who took their young daughter out of school to go on honeymoon in New York have been given cautions.

Janine and Shane Scott took their eight-year-old daughter Elissa on the £3,000 dream holiday in the belief that head teacher Kerry Coe would grant time off on the grounds of 'exceptional circumstances'.

But when they returned they were slapped with £60 fixed penalty notices and taken to court, Teeside Live reports

They both appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court in November facing the possibility of criminal records.

However, they were given the option of accepting a caution and paying a "contribution" to Stockton Council.

The case was adjourned on December 7 to give Janine and Shane time to decide whether they wanted to accept the council's offer or carry on fighting the court case.

The prosecution said they were “not heartless” and the magistrate advised them a caution “would be best”.

Officials have now confirmed they accepted the offer and "paid legal costs" to the council – the amount was not revealed in court.

Stockton Council would not divulge the amount the couple paid.

Janine, 28, previously said: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. I fully support regular attendance but it was our honeymoon.”

Elissa’s attendance record at St John’s Church of England Primary School in Stockton-on-Tees was 92.5% in 2017.

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