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Friday, 3 December, 1999, 18:08 GMT
Boy, 13, fathers twins
A baby Britain has growing number of teen fathers

Social services have launched an inquiry after a 13-year-old boy revealed he was the father of twin baby girls.

The boy's 17-year-old girlfriend gave birth to the twin girls at Wythenshawe hospital, Manchester.

The boy, who has not been named, but is from Gorton, Greater Manchester, joins a growing numbers of underage parents in Britain.

Earlier this year South Yorkshire police began investigating the case of a 14-year-old boy whose 12-year-old girlfriend was pregnant.

And last year officials launched an investigation after a 12-year-old girl gave birth to another baby at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Parents: 'Friends for years'

The young couple have known each other for five years - since he was eight - and they told the Manchester Evening News that they would be sticking together to bring up their two babies.

The girlfriend told the paper that they became close a few years ago and the age gap did not matter to them.

She said she was on the pill and the pregnancy had not been planned.

Manchester social services were on standby after learning of the news which emerged after the boy and the girl were believed to have sold their story to a Sunday newspaper.

A spokesman for Manchester City Council said: "We are not involved with either of the families at the moment but we are ready to step in and help if necessary."

Greater Manchester Police will not investigate although the law could dictate the matter as a criminal offence of indecent assault upon a male.

The Gorton area is split into Gorton North and Gorton South and has a total population of 26,000.

The unemployment rate stands at nearly 10%, 6% above the national average.

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