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I'm Allen Sinclair. On tonight's and on BBC One we now join the BBC's
I'm Allen Sinclair. On tonight's South Today we reflect on the two
year battle over term time holidays and what it has cost the family from
here who fought and lost the case. It was 60 quid. If I had my time
again I would probably pay because it has been hugely stressful. A
father's anguish as a man that broke into his house and climbed into his
daughter's bed is found not guilty of sexual assault. Old enemies
united to remember the fearsome firepower of the iconic Tiger tank
at a new exhibition. It is a shame we could not have this relationship
before. Now we are all comrades. Everything else is forgotten.
"You are not the final arbiter of what's right for your child!"
Those the words of a furious Isle of Wight father, Jon Platt,
as he today lost a legal challenge against a fine for taking
his daughter on holiday during school term time.
The Supreme Court ruled against Mr Platt, even though he'd
won earlier legal battles against what started out
as a ?60 fine, imposed by the council.
It means after two years the case will now go back before
Whatever happens there, today's outcome will have
repercussions across the country - because it's an issue that affects
In 2015, truancy prosecutions were up by more than 20%
with action taken against nearly 20,000 families.
That led to more than 11,000 fines being issued,
and in eight cases parents were given jail sentences.
The Isle of Wight has long been on the map as a holiday destination but
in the last two years it is the foreign holiday plans of one
Highland family which have hit the headlines. In 2015 Jon Platt refused
to pay a fine for taking his daughter to Florida during term
time, winning his case at the magistrates and High Court, arguing
despite the holiday her overall attendance was regular, as required
by the law. I looked at the legislation and it said children
must attend frequently and I made the decision that my child had done.
And the one decision I made was not to pay that penalty notice and I was
taken to court and everything that happened since is out of my control.
He normally handles PPI claims but since the publicity over the case
they have had hundreds of cases from parents looking for support. Money
has successfully been used to challenge fines for term time
holidays around the country. I was shocked at how many people it has
affected. And these situations people are in where they are being
refused time off for their children and the reasons to me seem perfectly
reasonable. Now the process of fines has been stopped in its tracks. The
Supreme Court ruled today regular attendance means in accordance with
school rules, meaning a good overall attendance is not a defence for
unauthorised absence. Jon Platt said it was a shocking decision. It is no
longer, if it ever was, about turn time holiday. It is the state taking
the right of parents away when it comes to making decisions about
their children. You cannot take your child away from school without
permission. You can't say it is all right if you attend 95% of the year,
90%, 85%. Take a charred away from school for a day and you risk
prosecution and being fined. -- child. The council said it provided
clarity for what constitutes regular attendance in school. It was echoed
by the Department for education saying that it damages life chances.
But on the island there is much support for the local father who
took on the authorities. The prices tourist companies charge you for
taking kids on school holidays is ridiculous. As long as you're not
doing it every week, take them, take them for a week. There should be a
certain amount of time that parents are allowed to take their kids out
in term. Jon Platt must go back to the magistrates court. He said he
will plead not guilty. If convicted he faces a ?1000 fine and a criminal
record. Earlier this afternoon,
we caught up with Jon Platt, from our central London studios,
along with Neil Richards, who's a Hampshire teacher, a father,
and a regional representative I asked Jon Platt if the case had
been a burden upon him and his family.
It's nearly two years and it has been exhausting.
How have you dealt with that pressure?
You have been at the centre of a media storm today.
Going on holiday is my solution to it.
After the hearing in January I went on holiday and I am taking my wife
Neil Richards, you are a local teacher but also a parent.
Do you have sympathy with the situation
Jon found himself in and his solution?
As a parent I have enormous empathy for anyone, any
parent who wants to take their children on holiday but as a
teacher, as a member of the union, I cannot
agree with what Jon did and I
agree with the decision today in the Supreme Court.
Taking your child out of school is disruptive to your child
and the education of other children in their class.
He is entitled to his view, he is a parent.
In my view he should be able to have his children in school
100% of the time if that is what he feels is best for his child.
What I would say to Neil is that if you
believe that every absence from school
has a negative impact, I have
research paper 171, which shows taking your child in a family
holiday correlates positively with educational outcomes.
If every absence had the same negative impact
on children's education, that would justify the school never taking them
All absences are not the same and the impact
At least now we have clarity, don't we?
I guess from a school point of view it helps.
It is a clear outcome from the Supreme Court.
I hope there is a realistic interpretation of the outcome so
in, there has been a free for all in recent months.
Statistics have risen rapidly with unauthorised absence.
Nearly 200,000 unauthorised absences in the last year alone, compared
There were over 300 million absences because of illness.
The figures you are saying, the number of unauthorised
absences has risen dramatically, the number
A bigger proportion are unauthorised.
That is a reflection of policy and not fact.
The number of children missing school, 0.4% of
the possible days in school, were lost to family holidays.
And the government has gone through this
enormous amount of litigation to try and squash 0.4%.
As we said, Jon, you have been at the centre of this.
I will certainly consider the Supreme Court verdict
in any decisions I make in the future.
If the school rules say I can take my child out of school for
ten days year, I will probably at times have
If they say that my child must be in school every
single day, unless the
school authorise it, I will probably have to move my child
Joanna has been catching up with your comments and she is live in the
newsroom tonight. It has divided opinion on the Facebook page today.
Mark asks, how can a teacher decide my daughter can have a reward day
and I cannot? Why are the kids finishing at midday tomorrow for
Easter holidays? David disagrees and says it is a good decision. Why
should any parent be allowed to disrupt the education of children
whose parents do not take their offspring away on holiday during
term time? Jonathan Harmer, holidays are a luxury and not a right. I had
my first overseas holiday when I was in my 30s. I did not cry about it by
-- like some righteous entitled parents. Tracy is backing Jon Platt.
She said she had taken her son out of school for a week since 2009 and
his education had not suffered as he has learned from life rather than a
book and blackboard. A lot of parents make the point of the
costings of holidays. John Shapley said, that is right, bully the
parents out of more money. Why not take action on holiday companies
charging extortionate rates? Thank you. Other news now.
A man who broke into a house in Weymouth and got into bed
with a six-year-old girl has been found not guilty of sexually
Jervaise Kevin Jones was asleep in the bed when police arrived.
He maintained throughout that he had not interfered with the girl.
The case centred on the events taking place
early one morning in a terraced house in Weymouth last October.
In court there was no dispute that the
26-year-old Jervaise had broken into a house and got
The question at the heart of the trial was whether he had
Today, after deliberating for almost four hours
the jury found him not guilty of sexually assaulting a child under
the age of 13 and not guilty of trespassing with intent
For legal reasons the girl and her family cannot be identified.
Her father spoke to us after hearing the not
His words are spoken by a BBC journalist.
It is something we're feeling very deeply.
It's not something that is going to go away.
The court was told police found Jervaise Jones asleep
and naked from the waist down when they arrived at the house.
He had been out drinking in Weymouth and said he had no recollection
The jury heard he had a series of previous convictions
for theft, drug offences and assault.
Defence barrister Nick Robinson said Mr Jones had not
committed any previous sexual offences.
He told the jury it was remarkable that none of Mr Jones DNA
Next Monday, in a separate and unrelated case, he is
due to be sentenced for drug offences
and an assault on a police constable.
A BBC investigation has found more than 1,000 gun crimes have been
investigated by Thames Valley Police in the past six years.
Firearms were involved in 158 incidents between January
and October last year - up from 152 for the whole
The Office for National Statistics says there were four gun
crimes for every 100,000 - that's below the
Joel Campbell is in Dorset for the launch of a new exhibition. We will
hear from some of those who fought in these tanks and others who found
themselves at the sight of the rest of the Tiger family.
A soldier who murdered his former girlfriend at her Bournemouth
home has been sentenced to life in prison.
Jay Nava, who's 27, will serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars.
He was found guilty of stabbing 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times
Academics from Portsmouth have looked for the first time at the
effect on social media of children running away from home. Around
140,000 under 18 go missing from the UK each year. A report says
publicity appeals trying to find them can remain online for years
leaving a negative aftermath difficult to shake off. It suggests
children need better protection from a digital footprint and possibly
asking old sites to remove stories. Bournemouth's unbeaten run is now
five games in the top flight. Tony, they are going great. I was a
bit worried about them a couple of months ago. Another valuable point
in the Premier league last night. Before kick-off...
Anfield remembered the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough
were in front early on as Benik Afobe capitalised
on this error, Bournemouth had to show their character though,
Phillippe Coutinho levelled and then after half time, Divovk Orgi
But Eddie Howe's side dug deep and in form Joshua King grabbed
I thought we showed a really good mentality in the game.
I thought we defended excellently at times.
In the end I don't think anyone can argue we got the draw.
I was at St Mary's last night, where Southampton produced
an impressive second half display to end Crystal Palace's
but there was some new turf on the Saints penalty spot.
Palace took the lead with a fine goal from Christian Benteke
Palace complained vocally about the equaliser from Nathan Redmond
after an apparent push by Steven Davies on Wilf Zaha.
In a second half full of chances, Palace hit a post before
Maya Yoshida got the last touch to Redmond's cross.
Just a minute or so later, James Ward-Prowse competed a fine
move to seal a win which lifts Saints to 10th,
Where you aggrieved at the nature of Southampton's equaliser?
Assistant referee's totally out of order.
It is not nice going behind in the game but I
think it shows the character we have got in the dressing room and the way
the fans got behind us, you know, they really spurred us on.
Oxford's promotion hopes were damaged by defeat against Fleetwood
last night. But conceded the early goal. The visitors are now third and
went back in front through Ashley Eastern and scored a third goal late
in the game, as well. In a year's time we'll be
into the first few days of competition in the Commonwealth
Games. And two Bournemouth-based beach
volleyball players hope to be bidding for gold in the inaugural
staging of the sport at the Games. Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory play
on the international circuit but missed the Olympics last year
when Chris was injured, so they're determined not to miss
out on another big event. Think of beach volleyball, think
Sun, sand and sea. In this case it is under a roof in Bournemouth. For
Jake and Chris it is training. This hard work should result in a place
in the England team at the Commonwealth Games were beach
volleyball makes its debut. It is huge for the sport. The Commonwealth
Games is highly recognised as an event in England. Everybody watches
it as they do the Olympic Games. Having beach volleyball there will
put it on the map a bit more. And hopefully bringing a medal home will
make the country proud of having a beach volleyball team. The pair
still work part-time to support their sporting endeavours, and being
a close partnership is not without challenges. We have clashes
sometimes. And I think when the dynamic is good if those naturally
and sometimes one thing outweighs the other but on the court, we share
captaincy sometimes, and depending on who is under pressure, somebody
will take the lead over the other. Aggressive. You had to adapt always
in situations in any type of sport and find a way to win. That is what
we try to do. Jake and Chris have a punishing schedule ahead. Up to 12
world tour events around the globe. They have to sustain their world
ranking to make sure they get their places at the Commonwealth Games. I
think we are going for gold. I don't think anything... We are going to
win the thing, those of our aspirations. We are going to be
working towards that. The Gold Coast will host 23 sports at the 21st
Commonwealth Games. These beach buddies could bring a slice of gold
home as well. Meanwhile on the first day
of the Grand National meeting at Aintree Dorset trained Cue Card
was edged out in the Grade One Bowl chase by Lizzie Kelly aboard
Tea for Two. The Colin Tizzard trained Cue Card,
with Paddy Brennan aboard made a desperate attempt to haul tea
for two in, but was Meanwhile Sam Sunderland has claimed
victory in the Abu Dhabi desert The motorcyclist, originally
from Poole triumphed after several First round of the US Masters golf,
it is going on right now. We featured Hampton and Scott Gregory.
Not a great day for the British amateur champion, six over on the
back nine. Justin Rose, former Hampshire player, one under early in
his round. Coverage on five live and BBC TV across the weekend. Thank
you, Tony. Now it was one of the most iconic
and terrifying weapons of the Second World War,
the German Tiger Tank. Today, a new exhibition
has opened in Dorset, featuring the fearsome fighting
machines, and the people To mark the event, four
veterans from that conflict, two German and two British,
had an extraordinary meeting. This is the Tiger Tank. One of the
most feared weapons of the Second World War and just beyond you can
see a collection of the relatives. The biggest gathering since the
conflict itself, as it were. Coming to the belly of the beast as it
were. Four inches of steel armour to keep the crusade. And this is the 88
millimetre gun which was guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of
those who faced it. Today some of those who fought their war from
inside these cramped positions and some of them who were in their
sights, came together once more. It is wonderful we can meet like
this 70 years afterwards. Almost unbelievable, isn't it? Enemies no
more. The men here today no the Tiger Tank inside and out. He drove
one with the seventh Panzer division. Ernest fought against them
after D-Day. When we heard it on the radio, there was a tiger around, we
were scared. We knew what it could do. TRANSLATION: It was a very
impressive tank. Much more advanced than other designs. I was pleased to
operate it. It was the bees knees when it came to technology. Such was
the fear of the Tiger in Dorset, Britain developed a special version
of the American Sherman tank, squeezing in an extra powerful
British gun into the turret. Ken helped to accrue one of the
so-called Sherman firefly is. I was in action when one of the fireflys
knocked out three of these things in seven minutes. It was not a
one-sided story. The man in the Tiger Tank was still in danger.
TRANSLATION: Even in a tiger you always had fear for your life. You
felt vulnerable. Those who said they were not frightened were lying. The
Tiger still draws the crowds. For these men, who knew it on the
battlefield, it ties them together still. It was a secret guilt of
those who had been in the front line and therefore new when a man was
surrendering, you were probably responsible for doing to his
comrades what he had been doing to our comrades. TRANSLATION: It is a
shame we could not have this relationship before. We are all
comrades now. Everything else is forgotten. I am with David, the
curator at this museum. Was this such a fierce opponent as our own
commanders think it was? It was certainly impressive. A good thing
brought the British and the allies is that they never made that many of
these famous Tiger Tanks. They were too few to make a difference,
luckily. We know they were not perfect. Look behind us here. One of
the once you have got here for this show is actually effectively a
prototype of one of the versions which did not work at all, the
elephant here. They were notoriously unreliable. A lot of them broke
down. Not that many were made in the production runs. Thankfully, even
though they look big and impressive and with the audience everybody
knows they are called Tiger Tanks, fortunately for the Allies they do
not do that much damage on the Western front. We are so lucky of
course having a range of them here so everybody can see them and see
the idea. You can understand why the crews were frightened of them. The
chances of meeting one, honestly in wartime, fairly thin. Thank you,
David. These tanks will be here for the rest of the summer and beyond.
STUDIO: Thank you, Joe. He was in his element! A boyhood dream
realised. Alexis had joined us on the sofa. Lovely day again.
The good news is it is warming up for the weekend. Sunday potentially
the hottest day with a high are potentially 21, 20 two. Some unusual
weather photos. This was photographed by Chris in Winslow in
Buckinghamshire. A vertical shaft of light formed when sunlight reflects
from the services of ice crystals associated with high-level clouds
such as Cirrus. This was captured in Portsmouth by Maureen. Thank you.
And one more, in Weymouth, taken earlier today, this is the sun
pillar here. Clear skies overnight. Chilly temperatures courtesy of
clear skies and light wind. Temperatures falling away. In the
countryside we could get down to two Celsius, in towns and cities, those
of 7-9. First thing this morning, at Bournemouth airport, around 0.5
Celsius, similar first thing tomorrow morning, we could have. A
lot of sunshine on the tomorrow. Maybe cloudier than today.
Particularly further north and east. Generally in the sunshine
temperatures up to around 14, may be 15 and even 16 Celsius. Similar to
what we had today, especially for cell third spot. Wind light and
variable. Similar damages to deny. -- similar spots. Temperatures in
the countryside could get down to three or four Celsius. This is in
towns and cities. Over the weekend, drawing in warm air from the near
continent. We can see high-pressure starting to pull away towards the
east. That means we develop a southerly breeze. Fairly light in
the course of Saturday. Warm air moving in on Saturday afternoon. On
Saturday, ten bridges in the high teens in Celsius. On the coast with
sea breeze it will feel fresher. -- temperatures in the high teens.
Maybe 14 or 15 at best. Looking at the weekend as a whole, sunny
spells, Chile each morning and maybe a touch of frost each morning. Warm
on Sunday. Could go up to 21 or even 22 Celsius. Outlook for the rest of
the week and into the weekend and next week when it gets cooler.
Tomorrow, lots of sunshine, lovely conditions over the weekend, a high
of 21 Celsius on Sunday. A warm southerly breeze, fairly light,
bringing temperatures into the low 20s in Celsius. All changing next
week. A cold front moving in on Sunday night making conditions
fresher on Monday, back to the seasonal average. I do, a lot to
look forward to. You might remember at school you might have had a class
pet, gerbils, rabbits, perhaps. School pupils in Berkshire have been
looking after trout! It is part of a major project where schools were
given hundreds of trout by a conservation group. Tom Pett work
went to reading-macro to find out more. You remember what a brown
trout nest is called? -- reading-macro. A school of fish in a
tank in a classroom. -- Reading. Children took delivery of these eggs
in January. They are now ready to be released into the wild but the
journey has not been without jeopardy. All the trout was sucked
up into the filter. But some of them survived. How many do you have left?
Yesterday the teacher said we had 13. How many did you start with?
About 100. It is tougher in the wild. Just 5% of brown trout
survived more than one year. It is time to say goodbye to these fish,
one by one. Goodbye. Are you sad to see it go? Yes. What was the best
part about looking after them? Probably learning about them. Very
nice to see children that might not have visited a river or ever thought
what lives in it, nice to introduce them to something new. Maybe in
future with their parents and grandparents they will return to
that part of river. This tributary is now home to the Ridgeway brown
trout. After Easter the children are getting eels.
Wiping their trout on its way! It is time for us to say goodbye, as well.
The next news is here on BBC One at eight o'clock and more at 10.30. We
are back tomorrow. We hope you can join us again. Have a good evening.
Good night. Stacey and Chris are preparing for
marriage by spending a few days living alone with
their in-laws to be, and asking them all kinds of
questions. Did you get a kiss on
the first date? No. What does their in-laws' marriage
tell them about each other's I expect you'll want to become
a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen
does that get sent down for indecent behaviour.
Evelyn Waugh's classic novel. Have you ever been in love,
Mr Pennyfeather? No, not yet. The fire escape is very dangerous
and never to be used.