(EXPRESS) — Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes.

The claims have become so common that even school trips to the seaside are being cancelled in case pupils injure themselves while paddling in the sea and their parents then sue.

Education authorities face big bills even if a child is hurt while defying school rules by climbing walls or trees.

Lawyers all over the country are fuelling the problem by offering parents no- win no-fee deals. Some firms have even set up telephone hotlines to encourage parents to sue.

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