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It's official: Middlesbrough is grim

Kirsty and Phil’s claims that ‘Boro is the worst place to live in the UK have been upheld by media watchdog Ofcom

Channel 4’ Location, Location, Location came to the damning conclusion in 2007 after conducting a survey.

Kirsty Allsopp said Middlesbrough had ‘critical health levels, double the English average of drug abuse, 8 per cent more smokers than the English average and over a quarter of the inhabitants admitted to binge drinking’.

Phil Spencer added: ‘90 per cent of the residents never exercise and few eat healthily … robbery, burglary, sexual assault, violent crimes and car theft are all more than twice the UK average.’

The mayor of Middlesbrough challenged the claims, and said Middlesbrough had been unfairly treated and that its council had not been given an opportunity to contribute to the programme.

Ofcom rejected the complaint, arguing that the programme used reliable statistics fairly to back up its claims.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: ‘Channel 4 welcomes Ofcom’s decision not to uphold the complaint and we are pleased Ofcom found that the community of Middlesbrough was portrayed fairly in the programme.’

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