Sixty-five employees working in schools across Lancashire have been sacked, or left their jobs, after allegations of abuse were made against them a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Lancashire Evening Post report:

Nearly 500 allegations of physical and sexual abuse were made against people working in Lancashire schools over the past three years.

New figures reveal that the county has sacked more school staff, including teachers, than anywhere else in the country as a direct result of the claims.

The data, which came to light as a result of a Freedom of Information request, shows that during the last three academic years the education authority received 494 complaints against staff – and 65 people ended up being sacked or leaving.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.