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Judges hear evidence after father takes daughter on holiday in term time

It's a decision that will affect schools and parents right across our region.

The wrangle involves a father from the Isle of Wight and his local authority over his decision to take his daughter on holiday during school time.

Five judges at the Supreme Court have heard evidence from both sides. It follows a decision last year by the High Court which ruled in favour of Jon Platt - the dad at the centre of this row. Emma Wilkinson reports.

Father's case over term-time holiday reaches Supreme Court

Mr Platt won a landmark ruling Credit: PA

The legal battle over term-time holidays has reached the Supreme Court today.

An Isle of Wight father last year won a landmark High Court ruling blocking a £120 fine for taking his daughter to Florida during term time without a school's permission.

Two senior judges declared that Jon Platt was not acting unlawfully because his daughter had a good attendance record during the rest of the year.

The decision caused a surge in term-time bookings all over England.
Controversy was first triggered when the Government ordered a crackdown on school absences in 2013.

Families complain that vacations in official holiday periods are up to four times more expensive, and local councils have reported the number of breaks-in during term time is increasing.

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Father's school holiday fine battle reaches the Supreme Court

Hampshire father Jon Platt successfully challenged his £120 fine at the High Court Credit: ITV

The Supreme Court is set to make a decision on whether councils can legally fine parents for taking children out of school for holidays during term time.

The case involves Hampshire father, Jon Platt, who successfully challenged his £120 fine at the High Court. Platt had received the fine for taking his daughter on an 'unauthorised' holiday during term time.

Isle of Wight council says the case raises important issues for schools and councils up and down the country.

University of Oxford to develop diabetes research

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The University of Oxford is to collaborate with a global healthcare company to develop its research into type 2 diabetes.

The joint venture with Novo Nordisk will focus on treatments for the condition.

The company will invest over £1 million over 10 years building a new research centre at the site which will employ 100 people.

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The last of the lions - fears for Maidstone's Chinese New Year celebrations

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and crowds gathered in Maidstone this lunchtime to celebrate it.

However, there are fears this could be the last time its colourful lions will be seen in the town, due to cutbacks.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Perkins from the Maidstone Cultural Group, Mayor Derek Butler and Kalysha Howard-Smith.

It's second time around for space man Tim Peake

Tim Peake will go back into space for the second time Credit: ITV

Sussex astronaut Tim Peake will be returning to the International Space Station for another mission.

The 44-year-old, father of two, announced the news at the London Science Museum, where his former spacecraft is on display.

Myself and my classmates from 2009, we are all going to get the second mission to the space station which is wonderful. The work that is being done on board the space station is incredibly important and also tremendously exciting as well.

– Major Tim Peake

Maj Peak spent 186 days in space and during his time there, he took part in 250 science experiments, ran the London Marathon and did a space walk.

Sign of the times - Churchill, Kipling and Picasso amongst the stars in extraordinary autograph auction

An extraordinary collection of autographs and signatures from some of the most iconic figures in history will go on sale tomorrow in Sussex.

In total more than a thousand hand written scrawls from Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, military and literary heroes will be auctioned.

Between them they cover four centuries - but the collection itself came as a complete surprise, as Andy Dickenson discovered when he spoke to auctioneer Paul Campbell.

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