BREAKING NEWS - Case dropped against parents of 15 stone West Norfolk boy

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A couple arrested on suspicion of cruelty and neglect of their obese child have been told they face no further criminal action, it was revealed today.

The 50-year-old man and 45-year-old woman, who are thought to be from the Lynn area, were arrested in March last year on suspicion of child neglect over their son, aged 11 at the time, who weighed 15 stone.

The case made national headlines and sparked a debate over whether it was appropriate for the police to intervene in such cases.

This afternoon, Norfolk Police confirmed the couple had been released from their bail conditions.

A spokesman said the arrests had been made based on criteria for police action which were outlined in county safeguarding policies.

She said: “The child’s welfare is of paramount importance and our priority throughout this investigation has always been – and remains - the safety and protection of that child.”

However, she added: “Following detailed enquiries and CPS advice, it has been determined the criminal proceedings are now closed.

“Throughout the investigation the case has remained subject to ongoing multi-agency safeguarding review.

“The policy outlines the requirement for childhood obesity to be managed primarily by parents and carers with incremental support from Health and Children’s Social Care.”