COMMENT: Birth stats conundrum

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THE latest statistics on births in the town are surely a sign of the times.

Eighty to one hundred years ago people would have shunned a couple who had a child outside of wedlock, yet these latest figures show that 21st century Britain has broken down social stigmas.

While it is important that children are brought up in loving environments, the particular circumstances as to how they are brought up are not as strictly regulated by our society and such figures make for interesting reading whatever your views on the subject.