Family break-ups hit 4,492

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A TOTAL of 7,445 local children are growing up without a male role model, it has been revealed.

Lone parent families are steadily increasing in the South Tyrone and Fermanagh area to the extent that there are now 4,492 single parent families in the constituency.

However, the figures, which were revealed by the Department of Finance and Personnel, show that the local area has one of the lowest rates of family breakdown in the North. West Belfast had the highest number of single parent families at 9,917, while North Down had the lowest at 4,030.

Mid-Ulster had 4,363 single parent families. Children from broken homes are 50% more likely to struggle at school.