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Term-time holiday test case adjourned

Colchester Magistrates' Court
Colchester Magistrates have adjourned the term-time holiday case until October. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A test case which challenges fines imposed on parents who take their children out of school during term time has been adjourned at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

James and Dana Haymore have pleaded not guilty a charge of failing to ensure their child attends school. The family took their three children out of Chancellor Park Primary School in Chelmsford for a trip to America for a memorial service.

The case relates to one of the children who the court heard had an 87% attendance record.

The couple is claiming the prosecution is a breach of their human rights and the children's right to a family life. The case was adjourned until 10 October.

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.

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Rare butterfly spotted for first time in half a century

The rare Yellow-Legged Swallowtail butterfly
The rare Yellow-Legged Swallowtail has been spotted in Norfolk. Credit: RSPB

Butterfly enthusiasts are on the lookout for a rare species which has been spotted in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex for the first time in more than 50 years.

The Yellow-Legged Tortoiseshell is believed to have arrived in the UK from eastern Europe. The latest potential sighting was in Taverham near Norwich.

Long delays on trains to London from Norwich and Cambridge

Various problems on the rail line between Norwich and London are causing major delays. A tree on overhead lines also disrupted trains between Cambridge and London.

A signalling and points fault earlier at London Liverpool Street was preventing access to and from platform 7 to 10. Train services on all Abellio Greater Anglia routes into London are affected by this problem.

West Anglia route services serving Stansted Airport, Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge are being disrupted because of a tree on the overhead wire earlier on the London bound line between Stansted Airport and Sawbridgeworth.

Trains on these routes will be altered, or cancelled at short notice. The tree obstructing the overhead wires has now been removed but disruption is expected until 10.30am.

Behind the scenes: Essex Police test forensic evidence in bid to solve Colchester murders

ITV Anglia has been given access to the science labs where Essex Police are testing more than four hundred items of forensic evidence in the search for the killer, or killers, of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield in Colchester.

It's almost four months since James was found stabbed to death, and more than four weeks since Nahid was murdered on her way to Essex University where she was a student.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

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Colchester's hospitals still "need improvements", inspectors say

Colchester Hospital.
Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

The Care Quality Commission says both Colchester Hospital and Essex County Hospital need to make further improvements to their services.

The Trust, which runs both hospitals, has been in special measures since last October.

The Trust says significant progress has been made but there is more to do.

Prime Minister announces funding for Colchester veterans' accommodation

David Cameron.
David Cameron. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has announced that specialist accommodation in Colchester is one of eight projects to be part-funded by fines imposed on banks.

The money will go towards helping armed forces personnel who have been wounded or injured.

65 units of temporary, supported and independent accommodation in Colchester will get £6 million.

"Our Armed Forces make huge sacrifices for the nation and it is right that all of us recognise that sacrifice - that is why this government enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law.

One of the greatest worries for our troops when they are wounded or injured is how they and their families will continue with daily life.

We should do all we can to take away those worries by providing them with the specialist help and support they need to continue to live their lives and these projects will help to deliver that."

– David Cameron

Heatwave warning for East Anglia as temperatures set to soar

A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth.
A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Credit: PA

There's a warning by Public Health England this morning of heatwave conditions across the East of England for the next few days.

The high temperature alert's been issued as forecasters predict at least two days of very high temperatures.

People are being advised to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

Writtle in Essex was the hottest place in the UK on Wednesday

Writtle near Chelmsford recorded the highest temperature in the UK on Wednesday 16 July with a maximum of 27.9°C (82.2°F).

It is forecast to get much hotter on Thursday and Friday and the Met Office has issued a heat-health alert.

Other highs in the Anglia region on Wednesday 16 July

  • 27.3°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.5°C at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.2°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 26.1°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 25.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk
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