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Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool among 'worst places to be a girl'

File photo. A report by Plan International UK revealed a stark geographical divide in girls' outcomes in England and Wales. Photo: Press Association

Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool have been ranked in the top five 'worst places to be a girl' in England and Wales, in a landmark new report.

The study, by the charity Plan International UK, looked at factors including child poverty, educational attainment and teenage pregnancy rates, and found a stark geographical divide for girls' prospects.

Inner city areas performed the worst and researchers found that girls are facing sexual harassment, sometimes on a daily basis, and struggle with issues such as body image and cyber bullying.

The top 10 worst places to be a girl in England and Wales:

  • 1. Middlesbrough
  • 2. Blackpool
  • 3. Manchester
  • 4. Nottingham
  • 5. Liverpool
  • 6. Knowsley, Merseyside
  • 7. Hastings, East Sussex
  • 8. Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • 9. Salford, Greater Manchester
  • 10. Sandwell, West Midlands