Living in Amble, Northumberland

Amble: the population of 6,022 is now almost entirely related

Forced to procreate among themselves for the last 600 years, Amble residents possess some of the lowest rates of genetic variation in the world.

Living in Carlin How, Cleveland

Carlin How: it’s now like walking through Beirut

The streets of Carlin How are littered with broken bottles and general scum, either high or drunk and don't dare to look anyone in the eye.

Living in Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale is the red and grey brick cyst on the face of the otherwise picturesque Yorkshire dales

An urban legend in Bedale is that a woman died in the beck and now haunts the waters. The water is in fact green and floating about is a stray McDonald’s wrapper.

Living in Keighley, Bradford

Proud To Be From Keighley? Nah.

Walking through Keighley town centre once (Bare in mind, I'm quite young), a group of boys aged about 20 said disgusting things to me.

Living in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham

Blackhall Colliery – I honestly wish I had never set foot in the place

Blackhall Colliery is the area that Mr Blair had selected to improve as it was and still is the most deprived area in the North East.