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Figures show how many criminals applied for jobs in education, health and sport

THOUSANDS of criminals have applied for professional jobs in education, health and sport, The News can reveal. Data on criminal record checks submitted by job hopefuls analysed by The News found nearly 200 would-be teachers and 800 taxi drivers had scores of convictions or cautions. Several taxi driver hopefuls had been convicted over five fatal crashes, with 90 drink-driving offences and more than 260 in handling stolen goods offences. Those applying for teacher jobs had records for violent assaults, death by dangerous driving and exposure. The Disclosure and Barring Service, which carries out the checks, released the figures under freedom of information law. The News asked DBS to provide figures between 2013 to 2016 covering postcode areas PO1-17, and SO31-32. It included data on DBS checks for those hoping to become teachers, taxi driver, carers, football coaches, referees, nurses, doctors and security workers. Overall, across all professions there were 31,482 applications – with 2,060 people turning out to have records. Of those, there were 12,349 offences.

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