BRADFORD has been named one of the most fertile places in the UK, according to new statistics.

The Office for National Statistics recorded a rate of 2.21 children per mother in the district - making it seventh in the UK for fertility rates.

Barking and Dagenham in London topped the list with 2.47 children per mother. In second place was Forest Heath in Suffolk, with a rate of 2.31, followed in third place by Slough in Berkshire (2.29).

The City of London recorded the lowest fertility rate in 2016 (0.75).

The average for the whole of the country was 1.79, down from 1.92 in 2012.

Blackburn with Darwen was the highest ranking area in the North, with 2.25.

All four nations of the UK have seen the average rate fall in 2016, compared with figures in 2012.

The West Midlands and the East of England jointly recorded the highest rates of any region in England in 2016 (1.91).