Lancashire County Council has backed down over its controversial decision to ban the serving of unstunned halal meat in its schools, after the threat of a legal challenge.

In October, the county's full council voted to end the supply on its schools and premises of 'halal' meat from animals which had not been stunned before slaughter — with the exemption of poultry.

The move was prompted by the county council's Tory leader Cllr Geoff Driver who considers the slaughter of unstunned animals as 'cruel'.

The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) last month threatened to take the authority to judicial review in the High Court claiming it had failed to consult adequately on the decision.

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