Durham County Council to cut lunchtime lollipop patrols

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Lunchtime road crossing patrols could be cut from 60 schools around County Durham in order to save about £160,000.

The lollipop men and women would be removed from schools where "few or no children" leave during lunch, a report to be discussed by councillors states.

Schools wishing to keep the service would have to fund it themselves.

Councillor Brian Stephens said the changes would allow the authority to continue funding crossings where they were most needed.

A full consultation with staff and schools will take place if the recommendation is approved by the council's cabinet on Wednesday.

Patrols before and after the school day would not be affected and six schools where the council says children regularly leave during lunch will keep the full service.

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