MARRIED couples in Flintshire and Wrexham are less likely to play away from home than the national average, according to an illicit dating website.
About 1,330 Flintshire people have signed up to illicitencounters.com – a website which allowing married people to arrange affairs – according to its UK Infidelity Index, released this week.
This means about two per cent of those married in Flintshire are looking for an affair.
In Wrexham, about 1,350 people have signed up, representing 2.4 per cent of the married population. This compares to a UK average of about five per cent, according to Mike Taylor, spokesman for the company.
He said: “It is fascinating to see the breakdown of how many people are looking for affairs in your local area. Who wouldn’t want to see if they live in a hanky panky hotspot?
“We have already had thousands of people visiting the website looking to see where their home town ranks compared with their friends.”
The website lists 498 people from the LL11 postcode area, which covers part of Wrexham, Coedpoeth, Minera and Brymbo, have signed up.
In contrast, only 71 from the more sparsely-populated LL20 area, which covers Llangollen and Froncysyllte are thinking of dabbling through the website.
In Flintshire, the CH5 area – covering Connah's Quay, Shotton, Queensferry and Sealand – seems most rife with extra-marital affairs, with 578 people signed up.
But Flint, Oakenholt, Flint Mountain and Bagillt residents are less likely to get involved, with only 143 signed up.
A 45-year-old man from Connah’s Quay, one of the most “affair active” areas in Flintshire according to the figures, has advised potential adulterers to tread carefully.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: “I had a big house, a beautiful wife, everything, and I lost all that.
“I first signed up because I’d been in a stable marriage for almost 20 years, but my wife and I worked opposite shifts, so we were like ships in the night.
“I’d hear the lads at work laughing about what they got up to on the weekends, and I was curious.”
He signed up to a website (not illicitencounters.com) and started getting messages.
He said: "It was fun at first, a bit of an ego boost, and I ended up meeting someone and leaving my wife for her.
“I found out later the other woman had been using dating websites behind my back, and we broke up.
“People think the grass is greener, but it isn't necessarily.
“I’ve met some good people through it, but a lot are just out for what they can get, women as well as men. If I could take it all back, I would do it in a second."
Gwilym Roberts, CEO of relationship charity Relate Cymru, which has a branch in Wrexham, also advised residents to be cautious when thinking about having an affair.
He 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.”