Newlywed parents who took their young daughter out of school to go on honeymoon in New York accepted a caution to avoid criminal records. Janine and Shane Scott took their eight-year-old daughter Elissa out of John The Baptist Primary School, in, Ragworth, Stockton, so they could go on a £3,000 dream holiday to America. The couple believed headteacher Kerry Coe would grant the time off, between June 11 and July 20, last year on the grounds of exceptional circumstances. But they returned to £60 fixed penalty notices and ended up in court. They both appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in November as it was a strict liability offence, meaning they would end up with criminal records. However, they were given the option of accepting a caution and paying a “contribution” to Stockton Council. The case was adjourned to give time for Janine and Shane to decide whether they wanted to accept the council’s offer or carry on fighting the court case. Officials have now confirmed they accepted the offer and “paid legal costs” to the council – the amount was not revealed in court. Teesside Live contacted Stockton Council but the authority would not divulge the amount they paid. The case was then withdrawn on December 4.