Britain's youngest father at 13

A schoolboy aged 13 has become one of Britain's youngest fathers - it was reported today. The boy, from Manchester, said he was "chuffed to bits" after his 16-year-old girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl this week, according to his family.

His proud dad told a newspaper: "My son is mature for his age and will make a good father. He will make a better dad than most 25-year-old men would."

The young couple's identity cannot be revealed for legal reasons. They are believed to have been in a relationship for some time, although they did not go to the same school.

His father added: "He isn't bewildered about about what has happened. He was a bit shocked at first but now he's chuffed to bits."

Britain has the worst teen pregnancy rate in Europe, with an estimated 43,000 new teenage mums in England every year.

This latest case comes after Gordon Brown announced new stricter measures to deal with teenage pregnancies.

He said teenage parents on benefits would have to live in "supervised homes" instead of being handed council houses.

"It's time to address a problem that for too long has gone unspoken: the number of children having children".

In 2007, there were 42,918 pregnancies among under-18s. Earlier this year another 13-year-old, Alfie Patten, from Eastbourne in East Sussex, was believed to have become a father after his 15-year-old girlfriend conceived.

But DNA tests later showed that another 15-year-old was the father.

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