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Squalid home couple sentenced for child cruelty

[A] HUSBAND and wife have received suspended prison sentences after they and several children were found living in squalid conditions.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that a police officer who visited the couple’s Cumbria home found a “filthy” kitchen with food and animal faeces on the floor.

There were said to be numerous “trip hazards” in another area of the property due to clutter, and dirty conditions in a bathroom.

Judge Peter Hughes QC also heard there was little, if any, fresh produce in the house, and that the main item in a fridge was alcohol.

The couple, who live in the Millom area, were sentenced today having each admitted three counts of cruelty to a person aged under 16.

Judge Hughes heard the husband was both “sickened and ashamed” when confronted with photographs of their living conditions. Both he and his wife said they had struggled to cope with their domestic situation.

They were each given six-month prison terms, which were suspended for two years, and must complete rehabilitation requirements.

Judge Hughes told them: “No child should have to live in these sort of conditions. Your home was absolutely disgraceful.”

Neither defendant can be named to protect the identity of the youngsters involved.

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