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Danger because of cuts to lollipop patrols.

Danger because of cuts to lollipop patrols.

Safety campaigners say cuts to the number of lollipop men and women near schools are "jeopardising lives".

The number of them funded by councils in Great Britain has fallen by 1,500, almost a quarter, in five years, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Some councils are consulting on removing funding for crossing wardens entirely due to budget pressures.

The Local Government Association said councils were trying to maintain crossing patrols wherever possible.

Figures on the cuts in lollipop warden posts equate to a loss of almost one in four from outside schools.

    

The figures do not include volunteers or those now funded by schools or other groups, meaning there may be other wardens operating. Traditionally, the role has been a service run and funded by councils.

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