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Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK


Boy arrested over pregnancy

South Yorkshire is a teenage pregnancy hot-spot

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl, who is now pregnant.

South Yorkshire police confirmed that the boy had attended Ecclesfield police station in Sheffield voluntarily on Thursday.

Teen pregnancy
He has been bailed until an advice file can be presented to the Crown Prosecution Service in November.

The 12-year-old girl, whose case was highlighted in the national press, is three months' pregnant and has said she wants to keep the baby. The boy has said he will look after her.

The girl - the second pregnant 12-year-old in Yorkshire to hit the nationals this month - is thought to have discovered she was pregnant after using a home-pregnancy test in a supermarket toilet.

The other 12-year-old, who is from Rotherham where a teenage pregnancy campaign has recently been launched, gave birth last month.

A 23-year-old man was arrested by South Yorkshire police on 6 September and bailed until 11 October in connection with this case.

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