Lewisham teen pregnancy rate drops

The number of pregnancies for 15-17 year-old girls in Lewisham fell from 72 conceptions per 1,000 (2003-05) to 69.2 per 1,000 (2006-08).

According to the Guardian's data blog, which takes its figures from the Office of National Statistics, the borough is still ranked third in London, after Lambeth and Southwark.

The figures are broadly in line with the nationwide trend, but the drop falls short of the rate of decline needed to achieve the government's national target of halving the teenage pregnancy rate by 2010.