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School holiday policy under fire

Would you risk your child being expelled from school to save money on your summer holiday? That's the threat parents at one school face if they take their children away during term.

The headteacher of Fleetdown primary in Dartford told us fining parents sixty pounds was no deterrent at all. Instead Angela Konarzewski says she's ready to expel children if they take a break when they should be at school.

Many parents have reacted angrily saying they can't afford to go away in school holidays.

David Johns reports, speaking to the headteacher and parents outside the school.


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Final wind turbines are installed

The final turbines are being installed at an offshore windfarm in the Thames Estuary. Phase two of the Kentish Flats scheme off the coast near Whitstable is almost complete. A total of forty five wind turbines could power seventy five thousand homes each year. Tom Savvides talks to project director Matthew Green and Gunnar Groebler from the company Vattenfall.

The South falls silent

The South fell silent for a minute at midday and flags flew at half-mast to commemorate the thirty eight people murdered in the Tunisia beach attack a week ago.

We remembered thirty British dead including a pensioner from Tadley near Basingstoke.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister paid silent tribute. They delayed play at Wimbledon and stopped rowing at Henley. Heads were bowed at churches and village halls and schools across the South. Andrew Pate has our report..

Southern 'don't understand' why RMT decided to strike in July

Southern trains have said they 'do not understand' why the RMT has decided to take strike action in July, the train line has less than three weeks of its franchise left.

It comes as the rail union plans to strike, affecting some services across the Thames Valley next week in a row over pay.

“We are also at a loss to understand why they have issues around the lean process as this process was introduced four years ago and has successfully kept work in-house for their members. It has never before been raised by the Union as an issue.

“Southern remains willing and ready to talk to the RMT to resolve these issues. We wrote to them to confirm the above points prior to them announcing this industrial action.

“Less than 30% of our engineers voted for industrial action and if this strike goes ahead we expect the majority of our staff and managers to work as normal, and we will do everything we can to minimise the impact that any industrial action may have on our passengers.”

– Southern spokesperson


Spitfire repaired on Isle of Wight flies again

They're described as the aeroplane that won the Battle of Britain but with only 35 spitfires left around the world - one aircraft enthusiast from the South has taking it upon himself to personally add to that tally.

John Romain has spent five years restoring a Spitfire which crashed in 1940. The pilot survived and went on to organise the Great Escape. His plane, which was originally built in Southampton, has been dragged from the mud then repaired on the Isle of Wight and is now flying again.

Next week it goes up for auction and is expected to fetch around £2.5 million pounds. Lauren Hall reports

Police at Reading Station after men seen acting suspiciously

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “Our officers were called to Reading station on Friday, 3 July, to reports of a group of men acting suspiciously.

“The call came into police at 3.10pm.

“Officers from BTP and colleagues from Thames Valley Police met a London Paddington bound train at Reading station and carried a thorough search of the train.

"No one matching the description in the report was found. Enquiries continue."

Alice's Day celebrated tomorrow

Tomorrow it's exactly 150 years ago that a white rabbit, a Mad Hatter and a little girl called Alice made an appearance in a book that has become a children's classic.

Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll, an Oxford don who was inspired by the city and the people he knew.

Tomorrow thousands of people will be celebrating Alice's Day, and Rachel Hepworth's been down the rabbit hole to see how preparations are going

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