RELATIONSHIPS in Burton and South Derbyshire may not be as watertight as they appear on the surface, after an online dating service revealed the home towns of its married customers.
Dating website infidelityindex.co.uk lifted the lid on the amount of people up and down the country who were ‘having affairs’, which threw up some surprising results.
According to the data, there are more married people looking elsewhere in Swadlincote than Burton, despite the former having around half the population.
The website has 623 customers from Burton, which ranks it 39th out of towns which have a population of more than 50,000.
Despite not having enough inhabitants to qualify for the list, Swadlincote had more than 200 more unfaithful web surfers, with a total of 865 visitors hailing from the town - more than two per cent of its population, ranking it among the UK’s cheating hotspots.
The country’s official infidelity capital - according to towns which qualify for the list - is Maidenhead, in Berkshire, where more than 2.07 per cent of the population is signed up to the dating website.
Closer to home, Tamworth came 11th on the list.
Website spokesman Mike Taylor said; “It is fascinating to see how many people are looking for affairs in your area, who wouldn’t want to see if they live in a hanky panky hotspot?”
But Christine Northam from Relationship charity Relate said affairs have devastating impacts on families.
She said: “In our experience at Relate, affairs can be painful and destructive, and some relationships never recover.
“Our advice would be to seek help for a relationship if people aren’t happy, rather than considering an affair as a solution.”