Cotswold's neighbourhoods worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been revealed in the first annual death toll of the virus.

In the 12 months from March last year, 129 people in Cotswold died due to Covid-19, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics – a rate of 103 per 100,000 people.

The peak month for deaths was April when 43 were recorded.

Across the South West, 7,027 people lost their lives to the virus – 104 deaths per 100,000 people.

The figures also show which of Cotswold's 11 neighbourhoods saw the most and fewest deaths of residents over the 12-month period.

Factors behind a larger number can include the number of care homes in a particular area.

Fairford and Lechdale had the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19, with 24.

Cirencester Central saw 21 deaths, with 19 in Moreton and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Kemble and South Cerney; Northleach, Coln Valley and Ampneys; Sandywell, Ermin and Chedworth all recorded four deaths.

A spokesman for The Department for Health and Social Care said: "Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one.

"We know this pandemic has caused financial hardship for many people across the country, and we have acted decisively to make sure nobody is left behind, with extensive support for people on low-pay to help them through this period.

"We have some of the highest vaccine uptake rates in the world but we are going further, recently publishing detailed plans so people from all communities get the right information about vaccine safety so they take up the offer of a jab when it comes, protecting themselves and their loved ones."

The figures are for recorded deaths where Covid-19 was registered as the main cause. The rate of deaths are age-standardised, which means they account for age and population size.