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A GIRL of 13 is ex­pect­ing a baby with a 14-year-old boy.

The two are due to be­come par­ents in Novem­ber af­ter a “brief sex­ual re­la­tion­ship”.

Of­fi­cials in Poole, Dorset, say they are of­fer­ing “ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port” to the fam­i­lies con­cerned.

Anne New­ton, strate­gic di­rec­tor for Poole’s chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “Teenage preg­nancy is not a com­mon oc­cur­rence and the coun­cil works closely with other part­ners to ad­dress the is­sue.”

The coun­cil says Poole has a small num­ber of un­der-18 preg­nan­cies, fewer than 100 a year.

Poole hit the head­lines in 1997 when one of the UK’s youngest mums, Jenny Teague, gave birth at the age of 12.

Na­tion­ally, 34.7 per 1,000 women un­der 18 are get­ting preg­nant, the low­est since quar­terly data col­lec­tion be­gan.

Straight Talk­ing, the na­tional teenage preg­nancy char­ity, works in schools and has a pro­gramme aimed at 13-16 year-olds.

A spokesman for the char­ity said: “We are very pro-choice as an or­gan­i­sa­tion and some feel that’s what they want to do and go on to be moth­ers.

“The help and sup­port should be there.

“They should have their fam­i­lies around them. We know that ba­bies born to young moth­ers are more likely to live in poverty and have all sorts of is­sues grow­ing up. But it does hap­pen.”

Ear­lier this year it was re­ported that the teenage preg­nancy rate in Eng­land and Wales was the low­est since 1969.

Fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics re­vealed con­cep­tions in un­der 18s fell to 34,633 in 2010 com­pared with 38,259 in 2009, a drop of 9.5 per cent.

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