It compares to 80 across the whole of the last financial year, and 93 the year before.

The blacklisting comes following physical assaults on staff – which peaked with 298 in the 2015/16 financial year.

So far this year there have been just 81 attacks on frontline staff, according to figures uncovered by a Freedom of Information request.

Reported by The Express and Star. You can read the full story here. 

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.