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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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Petition to save local charity hits 10,000 signatures

The Sussex Beacon could close if funding is cut Credit: ITV news

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition asking the Government to save a local HIV charity in Sussex.

The Sussex Beacon is place where people living with the virus are given specialist support and care.

It costs over £2 million a year to run but cannot continue with the prospect of budget cuts.

One of the places within Sussex Beacon can seek sanctuary Credit: ITV news

Since we announced that these funding cuts are threatening our services, we've had an outpouring of support, which we're incredibly grateful for. Service users, colleagues in the health and HIV sectors, MPs and local people have given us their backing as we try and find a way to keep our services open

– Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon

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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Charity and bakery lead charge to tackle £13billion 'food waste mountain'

An incredible £13 billion of edible food is being thrown away every year.

That's the staggering claim experts made after it was revealed our efforts to tackle food waste have stalled.

But a number of projects in Brighton are hoping to buck that trend. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Beth Parry of Fare Share, and Kitty Newbury from the Angel Food Bakery.

Painkillers no longer free for some NHS patients

The painkillers cost £45 when prescribed on the NHS Credit: PA

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen will no longer be free to some patients in Brighton and Hove.

It is part of plans to save the local NHS service half a million pounds.

The proposals will stop the funding of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen prescriptions for short-term minor ailments.

The Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group says the money could instead fund 16 community nurses, 26 breast cancer treatments, 108 more hip replacements or 400 more treatments for Alzheimer's.

The group is the first in Sussex to introduce this measure and is looking to extend it to other medications later in the year.

Over 100,000 prescriptions for the painkillers were issued last year in Brighton and Hove for conditions such as headaches, sprains, and period pains.

The painkillers are four times more expensive, costing over £45, when prescribed on the NHS compared to under £1 in pharmacies and supermarkets.

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