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  Crackdown on kids who bunk off
Updated 09 October 2002, 11.29
Police talking to two truants
Kids who bunk off school will have to watch out after it was announced that the number of patrols trying to catch them will rise.

A trial patrol scheme earlier in the year saw around 12,000 kids caught out of school in just four months, so the government are making the scheme bigger.

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And for one week in December there will be a national anti-truancy operation covering every major town and city in England.

Parents could face jail

The latest figures show that 50,000 children bunk off every day.

And it's not just children who are being targeted - your parents could also get into trouble.

The government say that parents of kids who play truant will have just 12 weeks to get them back into school.

If they don't, they face arrest and could even go to jail.

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