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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".


Seen the new £5 note yet? Today's your chance

The new polymer £5 note Credit: Bank of England
The new polymer £5 note Credit: Bank of England

Shoppers at the Metrocentre can get their hands on the new polymer £5 note on Tuesday.

Chief cashier of the Bank of England Victoria Cleland - the woman who signs the banknotes - will be at the Gateshead shopping centre between 10am and noon. She will then head to the Edwardian Bank at Beamish Museum.

The new note will be issued on September 13 after which paper £5 notes will be gradually withdrawn from circulation.

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