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'Parents should not be made to feel like criminals'

Parents should not be made to feel like criminals for taking their child out of school for a holiday, a campaigner said today.

Craig Langman, from Nuneaton, has delivered a petition with more than 126,000 signatures to Downing Street, calling for the Government to reverse a ban on taking schoolchildren on holiday during term time.

Under changes introduced last month, headteachers can no longer grant any absence outside of school holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances.

This rule takes away that ability to talk to the school and discuss your child's education with them.

If my son was ill a lot and then I say that they're better now and I want to take him on holiday, the teachers have got every right to turn around and say your son is hardly ever here we have to decline it.

If my son has a good attendance rate why shouldn't I be able to discuss it with them, I'm not talking about a guaranteed one or two weeks every year.

– Mr Langman

Parents calls on government to change school holidays

A parent from Nuneaton has delivered a petition with more than 126,000 signatures to Downing Street, calling for the Government to reverse a ban on taking schoolchildren on holiday during term time.

Craig Langman says many parents can not afford the higher cost of holidays during school breaks, and says the decision should remain with head teachers. The Department for Education says children miss out on valuable learning time if taken out of school.

Mark Anderson is a Headteacher and told ITV News Central children will not learn as much if they are out of education.

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Astley Castle wins prestigious architectural award

A castle in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, has won a prestigious architectural award.

Astley Castle, a 13th-century fortified manor house has been named the Stirling Prize winner for 2013.

The award showcases the best building in the UK by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The castle was rescued from dereliction by the Landmark Trust in 2012. They worked with architects to help save and protect the ancient castle.

We are absolutely thrilled that Astley Castle has been awarded this most prestigious prize, and hope it will encourage others to consider imaginative solutions for important historic buildings.

Astley Castle is a new departure, both for the Landmark Trust but also in the approach to ruined historic buildings. We are tremendously proud of a scheme which represents an original way of reviving a ruined building.

– Dr Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust

Midlands RSPCA centres unable to take in cats

Some branches of the RSPCA in the Midlands are unable to take in any more felines due to large numbers of cats needing care, a report has found.

The RSPCA has around 1,700 cats in care in its regional centres Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The charity now has more than 1700 cats in care in its regional boarding centres, including the RSPCA Coventry, Nuneaton and District branch, which is full to capacity with 200 cats on a waiting list for places.

Reasons for the crisis include owners who can no longer afford to keep their pet, un-neutered cats having unexpected litters, and owners of un-insured cats giving their pet up due to expensive vet bills, the charity said.

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Riding school closure petition handed in

A petition signed by 4,500 people against the closure of a riding school in Warwickshire has been handed into council bosses.

The Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Equestrian Centre at Galley Common is claiming that the local council will not renew its lease.

The centre was first set up in 1979.

A campaigner dressed as Lady Godiva handed in the petition Credit: ITV News Central

Police investigate unexplained death in Nuneaton

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a male after a body was found near some garages at a property in Hare & Hounds Lane in Nuneaton.

Although the male has not been formally identified, he is believed to be 60-year-old David Warren who was reported missing after he walked out of the George Eliot Hospital on 18th July.

There are no visible signs of injury and police are awaiting the results of a post mortem.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses who saw or heard any activity in the area of Hare & Hounds Lane that could be linked to his death.

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