A father's rant on school holiday costs has sparked calls for action over the amount travel companies charge during school holidays.
A Telford couple due in court today could face jail after taking their three children on an unauthorised holiday during the school term.
A giant moth with markings similar to the Star Wars soldiers the storm troopers has been discovered at a factory in Telford.
Lynn Saunders can pull the pints, but she's never been allowed to become a full member of Britain's oldest working men's club in Telford.
Tonight, the final pints will be pulled at the Grade II listed building in Madeley after it was forced to close over funding.
Women have not been allowed to become full members of the Anstice Memorial Institute since it opened 146 years ago.
Britain's oldest working men's club in Telford is closing down tonight.
The Anstice Memorial Institute in Madeley opened in 1868. It has been run by members ever since, but women have never been allowed to become full members.
In 2010, club members were told they needed to raise thousands of pounds for repair work on their grade II listed building but they were unable to get funding due to archaic rules on membership.
Tonight, the final pints will be pulled in the club which has four bars, a snooker room, pool room and ball room.
The father who took his three children on holiday during time and was subsequently fined almost £1,000 said outside court that if the whole country took their holidays during the school holidays then the whole country would "come to a standstill".
A father who was fined £630 after taking his three children on holiday during school term time has said the decision had nothing to do with saving money on out-of-season fares.
Stewart Sutherland, from Telford, told ITV News Central that he feels angry and bitter:
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Parents Stewart and Natasha Sutherland have been fined a total of £630 for taking their children on holiday during term time without authorisation. They will have to pay a total of £993 including costs and a victim surcharge.
Total fine is £630 for 3 offences of taking their children out of school without authorisation
Sutherlands are jointly fined. Total penalty is £993 including costs and victim surcharge.
A couple from Telford could face jail after taking their three children on an unauthorised holiday during school term time and refusing to pay the subsequent fine.
Stewart and Natasha Sutherland were initially given a fine of £360, that they refused to pay, which then doubled to £720 after 21 days.
Under the new guidelines introduced last year, any parent that knows their "child is failing to attend regularly at the school and fails without reasonable justification to cause him to do so" is liable on conviction to:
- A fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (up to £2,500)
- Imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months
Poor attendance at school can have a hugely damaging effect, and children who attend school regularly are nearly four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs than those who are regularly absent.
That is why we have given schools more power to tackle poor attendance and allowed them to intervene much earlier. We have also increased the amount parents can be fined for unauthorised absences and cut the amount of time they have to pay.
– Department of Education spokesperson
Parents should never simply discount a possible penalty notice from the cost of a cheaper holiday, because this is a criminal offence and when doing so they are always risking prosecution.”