It’s a proud town in the North East which was once at the heart of Britain’s industry.
But after years of job losses, austerity and a lack of investment Middlesbrough is struggling to keep pace with the rest of the country.
Exclusive data obtained by the Mirror for its Town 2020 series reveals that it’s the most deprived town in all of England.
It has the third worst ranking for crime and anti-social behaviour, fourth for unemployment and fifth for unhealthiness.
Nearby towns such as Stockton-on-Tees, Gateshead and Hartlepool are also among the most deprived in the country, highlighting the difficult issues facing the region.
Mirror Online’s Talia Shadwell visited Middlesbrough and spoke to a variety of locals about the big issues facing the town.
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