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Couple sentenced over coal bunker boy

A mother and stepfather who forced their 11-year-old son to live in a filthy converted coal bunker in their Blackpool home have been sentenced.

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Judge - bunker like 'a prison cell'

Sentencing, Judge Norman Wright told the pair: "This was a flagrant abuse of power and a gross breach of trust."

He added: "The room has been described as a cell but it seems to me it was akin to a prison cell from a third world country, not the home of an 11- or 12-year-old living in this century in this country."

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