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Barking and Dagenham Ukip petition demands return of lollipop patrols

PUBLISHED: 08:44 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 18 May 2017

UKIP members demonstrate outside Barking Town Hall over the removal of crossing patrols from outside the borough's schools.

UKIP members demonstrate outside Barking Town Hall over the removal of crossing patrols from outside the borough's schools.

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Campaigners braved fierce rain yesterday afternoon to demand the reintroduction of crossing patrols to schools.

Up to 100 residents came out to Barking Town Hall to show their support for lollipop staff after the service was discontinued at Easter.

Organised by the Barking and Dagenham Ukip branch, the petition to restore the £165,000-a-year service attracted 3,000 signatures.

Peter Harris, the Ukip candidate for Dagenham and Rainham, said the petition “got the point across” about the importance of children’s safety.

“This is an absolute priority for the borough,” he said.

“It was absolutely pouring down but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits. This cause has united our community.”

The service was initially axed in 2014 on grounds of central government budget cuts but continued until April this year, when 20 remaining patrols lost their jobs.

A push by the council for schools and businesses to fund the service has so far been unsuccessful.

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