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BT has sacked 200 staff over the last 18 months for accessing pornography while at work, according to figures published in the Sunday Telegraph.

Ten of those reprimanded by the giant telco were reported to the police with a number facing court action. At least one of those received a prison sentence, according to a BT spokesman.

BT emailed its 100,000 employees twice last year warning them that accessing pornographic Web sites while they were at work could lead to the chop.

A spokesman for the telco told The Register: "BT takes the issue of pornography very seriously. BT will not tolerate improper use of he Internet, intranet and email, and disciplinary action will be taken against employees who breach the company's policies on their use."

Following BT's hard line the problem of employees accessing adult content at work is "very much in decline", said the spokesman. ®

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