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Suck it and see;Diary

OVER IN the Winter Gardens, National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers assistant secretary Chris Keates has a tip for truancy officers carrying out Tony's crackdown on absent pupils: try offering them sweeties.

Like most exhibitors, she had a huge bowl of the things for visitors, which this year seemed to include an unusual number of children.

The sweets proved a great lure for the nippers, who blithely ignored the old advice about taking things from strangers. At which point Chris pounced to ask them why they weren't in school.

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