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.
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Telford & Wrekin Council have issued a statement in relation to the case of a couple taken to court for refusing to pay a fine after taking their children on holiday during school term-time.
The decision to not authorise an absence request from parents during term is taken by a school or an academy and not the Council. The school or academy will then instruct the Council to issue the fine notice and legally this has to be done by the Council.
If the fine is not paid the Council must take further legal steps, as it has in this case.
– Telford & Wrekin Council statement
The Council’s policy on absence has been developed to reflect the national and local priority of raising the educational achievement and attainment of pupils and the Government’s view that parents should not take their children out of school during term time and follows changes in legislation that clearly indicate that absences during the term time can only be authorised by heads in exceptional circumstances.
A couple are due in court today after taking their three children on an unauthorised holiday to Greece during the school term time and refusing to pay a subsequent fine.
New guidelines introduced last year, under Section 444 of the Education Act, 1996, mean schools are not obliged to give pupils leave during term, except in "exceptional circumstances".
Stewart and Natasha Sutherland were initially given a fine of £360, that they refused to pay, which then doubled to £720 after 21 days.
Mr Sutherland told the Daily Mail: "I informed the school after the summer holidays that we were taking the children out for six days. At that point, I wasn’t even aware of the new legislation.
"We had a letter back warning that as the time off was not authorised we could be fined, but the holiday was already booked and paid for - what could I do?"
In a statement, Telford & Wrekin Council said the school involved had instructed it to issue the fine notice and "legally this has to be done by the Council".
“If the fine is not paid the Council must take further legal steps, as it has in this case".
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A man found dead in a stream in Telford has today been formally identified as 42-year-old Patrick Mahon
Police were called to Horton Lane in Horton at around 9am on Christmas Eve after a passer-by spotted a body in a nearby stream.
Mr Mahon lived in Wellington, Shropshire.
Officers do not believe his death was suspicious, but are appealing for anyone who knew him or who saw him in the 24 hours before his death to call them on 101.
Emergency repairs are being carried out along a Telford road after a hole appeared in the carriageway this morning.
Telford & Wrekin Council have shut off the B4373 Ironbridge Road, which links Telford to Bridgnorth, around 200 metres from the junction with Calcutts Road.
Diversions are in place.
Police say the area where a body was found in a stream in Telford this morning is popular with dog walkers.
The discovery was made in the Horton Lane area at around 9am.
Officers have put cordons in place and say it is not clear whether the body is male or female.
Police say they have recovered a body from a stream in Telford in Shropshire.
Officers were called to Horton Lane in Horton at around 9am this morning.
The area has been closed off and an investigation is underway.
The man who killed teenager Georgia Williams plotted the murder to give himself "sadistic pleasure", the judge said.
Mr Justice Wilkie said in sentencing: "You watched her die in circumstances where you could have saved her - and doing so was a central part of your pleasure...[You] then treated her body with contempt, dumping her in a remote area."
Continuing to address Jamie Reynolds, who stood head bowed and with his hands clasped behind his back, he said: "This is not a marginal or borderline case. I am in no doubt the seriousness of your offending, so a whole-of-life term is the starting point."
"I take very seriously the conclusion of (psychiatrist) Prof Paul Peckitt that you have the potential to become a serial killer," he added.
A 23-year-old man, who was given a whole-life jail term for luring a teenage girl to his home before strangling and sexually abusing her, "had the potential...to become a serial killer."
Mr Justice Wilkie, sentencing, agreed with a psychiatric report that Jamie Reynolds had the capability of becoming a serial killer after he meticulously planned the murder of Georgia Williams.
Reynolds, of Wellington, Shropshire, carried out the crime on Sunday May 26 while his parents were away on holiday.
Prosecutor David Crigman QC said Reynolds carried out a "scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder."
23-year-old Jamie Reynolds from Telford has been given a whole life jail term for the murder of teenager Georgia Williams.