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A father who fought a long-running legal battle over taking his child on a term-time holiday was on Friday found guilty over the unauthorised trip.

When my milkshake was gone and it was time to go, I broke down.

I cried and held onto fistfuls of his shirt like I had when he first told me that he wasn’t going to be living with us anymore.

“There were around 8.5 million unauthorised absences around the country in a single term.

Every single one of those is, if the headteacher decided that’s what the school rules should be, an unauthorised breach, all 8.5 million of those are criminal offences.” The case returned to Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court, where it began almost two years ago, after Mr Platt lost a landmark legal battle at the Supreme Court, the UK’s highest court, earlier this year over taking his daughter to Disney World in April 2015 during school time.

“This has gone on far too long and far to much money has been spent on it by me and the taxpayer,” he said.