HUDDERSFIELD'S MP Barry Sheerman has welcomed a purge on truancy.
Police and education welfare officers in Huddersfield have taken part in a nationwide crackdown on truants.
And for the next three weeks, teams of police and welfare officers from Kirklees Council will continue to patrol the town's streets, shopping centres and known truancy hotspots.
They will challenge young people who are out of school to provide an authorised reason for their absence.
Truants will be immediately returned to their schools or an agreed place of safety.
Parents will also be given more support under the scheme, in order to improve school attendance.
Mr Sheerman, chairman of the Commons Education and Skills Committee, welcomed the move.
He said: "Our society requires that our young people be educated.
"Truancy is a tragedy for young people."