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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 09:45 GMT
Home alone mother given caution
Sally Chidzoy interviews the mother who left her children home alone
A mother who left her children home alone talking to a BBC reporter
A 33-year-old woman who left three children home alone for four days while she travelled to Germany has been cautioned by police.

Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed the woman from Peterborough had received a caution and the inquiry into her actions was now closed.

The woman travelled to Germany in September leaving children aged 13, 10 and eight in a house in Paston.

The alarm was raised by neighbours concerned at her prolonged absence.

She is thought to be a migrant worker who came originally from Ghana but now has German citizenship.

Reminder to parents

She told neighbours she came to Britain from Germany just eight weeks before her trip.

The three children were taken into police care and placed in emergency foster care on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Peterborough Social Services said: "We are working with the family to ensure the children are cared for in a safe and secure environment."

Peterborough City Council have since issued a reminder to parents about not leaving young children alone.

"Children under 13 are not mature enough to cope with an emergency. They should not be left alone or in charge of other children for more than a very short time.

"No child or young person under 16 should be left alone overnight.

"Parents who leave their children unsupervised could be prosecuted for wilful neglect," the social services spokeswoman said.

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