No Education: Blackpool Kids Missed School Because There Was Cat Poo On The Landing
TO Blackpool magistrates court, Lancashire, where Gareth Beresford, 32, is explaining that his two daughter, aged 6 and 9, were unable to attend school because there a cat poo outside their bedroom door. The girls saw the turd and were unable to pass it by.
So. School was out for as long as it took for the poo to vanish or the girls to fashion a ladder from bedsheets and exit via the window.
The council heard the lament. Suzanne Holroyd, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said the girls has attended ‘only’ 85 and 86 precent of their classes at Thames Primary School. She told the court:
“Mr Beresford said that when the girls visited their mother in Preston she would bring them back late. Then he said that the family cat had defecated outside the girls’ bedroom door and they could not get past it. Then he said they did not attend school because the roof of their flat had been raining in.”
Chairman of the bench Janet Boccacio then advised Mr Beresford:
“You should try getting up earlier and make sure to get your daughters to school rather than give these apologies. Their education is important.”
Beresford replied: “I will try harder. I will try and get up earlier.”
Beresford was placed on a weekend curfew from 9pm to 7am.
And, oddly, there is no record of anyone having asked Mre Beresford if he owned a cat.