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The Witchfinder General of Essex

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Family challenges prosecution for term-time 'holiday'

James and Dana Haymore arriving at Colchester Magistrates' Court in Essex.
James and Dana Haymore arriving at Colchester Magistrates' Court in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

James and Dana Haymore have arrived at court in Colchester as they face prosecution for taking their three children out of school in Essex to attend a memorial service in America.

The couple are to challenge the case claiming it breaches their human rights and it could be a test case against a government clampdown on children missing school for term-time holidays.

Mr Haymore, who works for banking giant J.P. Morgan, is being prosecuted for taking his three children out of Chancellor Park Primary in Chelmsford without permission. He is expected to argue that the decision to prosecute him is a breach of the Human Rights Act and his children's right to a family life.

First World War Centenary School Report: Kingsley Primary School

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Our latest tale was sent in by 10-year-old Eloise Griffiths from Kingsley Primary School in Northampton.

Like so many people trying to find out about war veterans in their family, Eloise knew very little about her great-great-grandfather, who worked as a clicker, cutting out leather at one of the town's famous shoe factories.

So we sent her out with a camera and armed with just a name, an address, a job title and a few photos.

With the help of a few other people, she has been able to trace the story of John Wright - soldier and clicker.

Click below to watch John Wright's story

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First World War Centenary: The story of John Cunningham

Here is the latest of our 'First World War Centenary- 'School Reports' - the stories sent to us by children from across the region who wanted to tell you about something they had discovered.

This one was brought to our attention by Rosie Grant, a 15 year old student at 'County Upper School' in Bury St Edmunds and a famous song from the time. This is the story of 'John Cunningham'.

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Children raise money to buy their friend a wheelchair

Harry Tiplady playing tennis in his new wheelchair Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pupils at a Suffolk school have helped one of their friends by raising funds to help buy him a new wheelchair.

Harry Tiplady, who has cerebral palsy was struggling to take part in PE lessons at the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill because his old wheelchair was too heavy.

So his classmates organised a non-uniform day , raising money to buy a light-weight aluminium wheelchair.

Harry Tiplady at the Samuel Ward Academy Credit: ITV News Anglia

Harry said. "It's just amazing and it's lighter and helps me a bit more in my PE lessons."

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Southfields Primary School in Peterborough

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Southfields Primary School in Peterborough wanted to tell us about Jimmy the Donkey, who was brought back from wartime France to live in their town.

They hold a special ceremony to remember Sergeant Jimmy each year and want the animals who played their part in the war to get special recognition.

Click below to watch the full report:

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Mersea Island School in Essex

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

In our latest school report, pupils from Mersea Island School in Essex tell us about pilot Edgar and his best friend Mick who liked to travel everywhere together.

The tale has now been made into a book which is being used to help school children learn about the first world war.

Click below to watch the full report:

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