South Yorkshire Police arrest three parents for leaving their children home alone

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Three parents were arrested on suspicion of leaving their children home alone in the last three months of 2014, new figures reveal.

South Yorkshire Police disclosed the figure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Nationally at least 105 mothers and fathers faced criminal investigations for leaving their children unsupervised over the three month period.

Cases involved children aged from just a few weeks to 14 years old.

The law does not specify an age at which parents can leave children alone, but those who do can be arrested and prosecuted for cruelty and neglect if it places them at risk.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has called on the Government to provide clarity over the issue, claiming parents are ‘confused’.