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‘Abduction’ mum fined for daughter’s truancy

Trudi Crofts

Trudi Crofts

A mother who once went to jail for abducting her own children and taking them to a remote African village has been taken to court again under truancy laws.

Trudi Crofts was jailed when she broke a court order when she removed her two daughters from the custody of their grandmother.

She said she was taking the girls swimming but instead flew them to Tunisia to be brought up in a remote North African village where her boyfriend came from.

Now Crofts, 34, of London Road, Blackpool has been found guilty of failing to ensure her elder daughter – now 16 – attended school classes regularly.

After reading probation reports on Crofts, Blackpool magistrates fined her £250 and ordered her to pay £145 costs.

The court heard that Crofts still had restricted access to her two children who remain living with their grandmother in Blackpool.

Janet Holroyd, prosecuting Crofts, said the 16 year old’s attendance had fallen to 64.6 per cent.

A fixed penalty fine had been given to Crofts which was not paid and it was decided to take her to court.

Daniel Harman, defending, said:”My client was found guilty after a trial.

“Trudi Crofts had limited responsibility for the children.

“If she gets more involved she could break the orders of the county court.”

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