On the lollipop story the BBC website has provided Paragraph 19:
A council spokesperson said: "We take the safety of children very seriously and school crossing patrols exist to make sure children can cross roads as safely as possible.
"To do this they must hold out the lollipop with one arm and hold their other arm outstretched to signal that all traffic must stop - this is well established signalling that should be understood by all drivers.
"While patrols can be friendly, their full attention must be on the road and they must watch the traffic closely at all times.
"It [high-fiving] was one of a number of safety issues raised with the school crossing patrol before he made the decision to resign."
The authority added that it would be recruiting a replacement "as quickly as possible".
So there was, once again and much to my amazement, more to the story than the rabble-baiting Mail story told us...