Police crackdown on parents over truant kids

Eighty-two parents have been reported to the police in Naples for not making their children go to school, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Police crackdown on parents over truant kids
The crackdown involves around 50 pupils. School photo: Shutterstock

The adults are accused of letting their children skip school, failing in their obligation to have them educated, La Repubblica reported.

The crackdown involves around 50 pupils, mostly of middle school age.

Many of the children are from troubled backgrounds; half of their parents have criminal records, Il Mattino said.

In Italy, education is compulsory for 10 years, from the ages of six to 16, with tax breaks available for parents for any costs associated with schooling.

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Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon

A runner taking part in an ultra-marathon in the Alps has died during the race after a fatal fall on a high-altitude mountain path, emergency services told AFP on Wednesday.

Runner dies in Italy-to-France ultra marathon
The race traverses Mont Blanc. Illustration photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

The 35-year-old from the Czech Republic was taking part in a warm-up event ahead of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a famed endurance event that takes place every year around western Europe’s highest peak.

The man fell during the night after setting off with more than 1,000 other runners from the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Tuesday afternoon along the 145-kilometre course of the TDS race to Chamonix in France.

Emergency services were alerted after midnight on Wednesday and flew in a helicopter to the scene of the accident in the Bourg-Saint-Maurice district, but they were unable to revive him, local police commander Patrice Ribes told AFP.

Organisers of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which takes places on Friday, said it was the first death in one of their events since their start in 2003.

Elsewhere in the French Alps on Wednesday, a 60-year-old climber died in the Isère region after suffering a fall of 30 metres.