'Northerners have dirtiest hands'
Northerners have dirtier hands than southerners, according to new research.
People from the north of England were up to three times more likely to have hands contaminated with toilet bugs, the study found.
The scientists who carried out the test said they were astonished to find that hand hygiene worsened with every step taken further north.
Hands were cleanest in London, dirtier in Birmingham and Cardiff, and filthiest in Liverpool and Newcastle.
The most likely explanation is that fewer northerners are washing their hands with soap after answering the call of nature, researchers said.
It was chiefly men who were responsible for the trend - but in Cardiff and London women were the dirtiest sex.
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