The sentencing of Waltham Forest council for allowing workers to be exposed to asbestos will take place next month.

A date of March 30 has been set for the local authority to appear at Southwark Crown Court after a judge decided the matter was too serious for the magistrates court on January 19.

The council has already pleaded guilty to four counts of failing staff and contractors by ignoring asbestos warnings.

All three kinds of asbestos, including deadly dust, were found in the town hall basement in 2012 after a Freedom of Information Act request was submitted by a member of the public.

A warning was given to the council in 2002 after asbestos was found - but it is not known when it was distrurbed.