The number of people barred from working with children in England and Wales because they have committed sex offences has fallen by three quarters in the past two years, figures show.

It fell from 12,360 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2013, figures obtained by Labour using a Freedom of Information request show.

Labour blames the “deeply troubling” fall on loopholes in legislation which came into force in 2012.

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