TEENAGE pregnancies in Torbay are increasing again, new government figures show.
In the first three months of 2011, there were 39 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-17 in the area.
According to Office for National Statistics figures, this rose to 58 per 1,000 in the first quarter of 2012.
This compares unfavourably with the national rate of pregnancy in women aged 15-17 in England in 2011 which stood at 30.9 conceptions per 1,000 women.
Torbay Council, which is aiming for a rate of 36 per 1,000 in 2013, said the figures were 'disappointing'.
In 2008, the borough's rate of 64.9 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-17 was the ninth highest in England and Wales.
The rate takes into account full term pregnancy and abortions in girls who conceived under the age of 18.
That led to a £250,000 campaign to reduce teenage pregnancies in the borough.
The number of teenage pregnancies had been falling for the last two years.
Cllr Chris Lewis, executive lead for health and wellbeing, said: "The first quarter of 2012 is bad, but our figures show that the next quarter will be down quite considerably.
"Torbay is a great place but we do have areas of very high deprivation with troubled families and most of the figures are from deprived areas.
"We are doing an awful lot to help them.
"It is all about education and we have done an enormous amount since 2008 when the figures were really high."