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Wolverhampton named fifth worst city in world

Wolverhampton scene
The fountain in Wolverhampton city centre

Wolverhampton has been listed as one of the worst cities in the world on a travellers' website.

The West Midlands city was number five on a list compiled by Lonely Planet, based on feedback from its website users.

Detroit in the US was voted the worst city, followed by Accra in Ghana, Seoul in South Korea and Los Angeles, US.

Lonely Planet said Wolverhampton was so bad it had not even made it on to the reviews of cities on its site.

One correspondent compared it with the devastation of Ground Zero in New York.

City council leader Neville Patten said it was obvious Lonely Planet had not visited and described Wolverhampton as "progressive".

"Wolverhampton is such a friendly, open place which is why so many people want to come and live and work here.

"We have first class facilities for residents and visitors and this is certainly not a downtrodden or third world city."

He invited Lonely Planet to visit and take a tour.

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