The Independent report:

Toddlers and centenarians are among the thousands of people deemed “threatening” enough to have their personal details stored on secret council databases, an investigation has found.

Authorities are keeping files alerting staff to potential risks their clients may pose, according to details obtained by the Press Association.

So-called “cautionary contacts lists” (CCL) include notes between colleagues warning about people who present a “risk” – including those threatening physical or sexual aggression, residents with dangerous dogs, and some with criminal records.

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