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Middlesbrough 'worst place to be a girl' says report

Middlesbrough town centre Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A new report suggests that Middlesbrough is the worst place in England and Wales to be a girl.

Compiled by the charity Plan International UK, the report looked at factors such as child poverty, educational attainment and teenage pregnancy rates. It's the first of its kind to assess the experiences of girls across every local authority in the two countries.

Waverley in Surrey came out top.

The report appears to show a stark geographical divide for girls' prospects, with inner city areas performing worst and the south-east performing the best.

But the authors behind the report stressed that girls across the UK are being "failed" and urged the Government to take "urgent action".

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