CHRISTCHURCH is the 'dementia capital of the UK', a new report has revealed.

The town has the highest prevalence of dementia per head of population, with 28 cases per 1,000 people. In total, there are some 2,400 people in the constituency with dementia.

The statistics were compiled by Alzheimer's Research UK.

Other coastal towns and areas popular with retired people also feature heavily on the list.

After Christchurch comes New Forest West, with 27 cases per 1,000 people.

The area is followed jointly in the list by North Norfolk, Clacton and Worthing West, each with 24 cases per 1,000 people.

The five constituencies with the lowest levels of dementia are mostly in London, including Poplar and Limehouse, West Ham, Bethnal Green and Bow.

There are currently 850,000 people living with the dementia in the UK.

This is expected to rise to one million by 2025 as people live longer.