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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.


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