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Durham County Council plans lunchtime lollipop patrol cut

A move to cut road crossing patrols in County Durham during school lunchtimes is being put to the public.

The county council wants to remove the service from about 60 schools where "few or no children" leave for lunch, in a bid to save about £160,000.

There would be no change to patrols before and after the school day.

Parents, children, staff and members of the general public, in the affected areas have until 7 November to comment on the proposal.

Six sites, where pupils are known to routinely leave school premises unaccompanied during the lunch break, would be unaffected.

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