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Prince William waves at children in Coventry Credit: Stoke Primary School

Hundreds of excited children catch a glimpse of Prince William during his visit to the War Memorial Park in Coventry. The Duke of Cambridge is the president of the Fields in Trust charity, the park is the first to be dedicated as part of the Centenary Fields programme in partnership with the Royal British Legion.

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Family including baby injured in M6 collision

Two adults and four children including a baby, have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision on the M6. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they were called to a single vehicle collision near the M6 at Junction 2 (North) near Coventry just after 6.10pm.

A woman in her thirties was treated for back pain. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“Three children, a male (2 years); and two females (3 and 6 years of age) were treated for minor injuries. All four patients were taken to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A 2 month old baby boy was thrown clear of the vehicle. The baby was treated for serious head injuries and airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The father of the child, who was uninjured in the incident, travelled with the child to hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service
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Local authority defends decision to prosecute parents

The decision to prosecute a couple who took their children on holiday to Australia during term time has been defended by the local authority.

Our schools follow the guidance set down by the Department for Education in trying to maintain good levels of attendance.

Schools decide whether to authorise leave based on whether they think there are exceptional circumstances.

Penalty notices are issued by the council at the request of schools for various reasons including where the school has felt there were no exceptional circumstances to justify absence.

– Coventry City Council statement

Read: Criminal record for parents who took children on holiday during term time

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Criminal records for term-time holiday couple 'damaging'

A court decision to hand a couple criminal records for taking their children on holiday during term time has "done a lot of damage to the family", an MP has told ITV News.

John Hemming MP, who heads the group Parents Want a Say which campaigns against rules preventing parents from taking their children on holiday during term time, said the parents "may have to end up accepting this unjust decision" because of financial limitations.

John Hemming MP heads the group Parents Want a Say. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

He said: "It is sad that the courts take the view that a parent doing the best they can for their children in difficult circumstances is guilty of a criminal offence even though the parents got a conditional discharge.

"This case has done a lot of damage to that family and the costs of arguing in court have ended up as prohibitive.

"The difficulty for the mother is that she probably cannot take the financial risk of taking this case to judicial review and may have to end up accepting this unjust decision merely because of the financial limitations.

"The secrecy applied to this case does not to me seem to be justified and seems to be driven by a desire to keep the publicity to a minimum. I will be speaking further to the mother in the days to come."

Read: Criminal record for parents who took children on holiday during term time

Video produced ahead of Coventry City protest

A video has been produced for the Sky Blue Trust, a Coventry City supporters' group, calling for Coventry to have their football club back.

The video has been released ahead of a march from Gosford Green this Saturday.

Coventry City played their home fixtures in Northampton last season after leaving the Ricoh Arena following a long-running dispute over its rental agreement to use the stadium.

A recent High Court judgement concluded the club deliberately withheld rent in an attempt to "distress" stadium operators ACL and secure a stake in the business at a cheap price.

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