Burslem in Staffordshire has, for the second year running, been named the worst place in the country for empty shops.
A study by the national retail analyst, Local Data Company, says a third of units in Stoke-on-Trent's 'mother' town are unoccupied. But the city council and local businesses reject the report and insist things in Burslem are getting better. Chris Halpin reports.
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