Best of the web: What you read online in 2014

Lancaster X Factor star Paul Akister.
Lancaster X Factor star Paul Akister.
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As 2014 draws to a close we have a look at what you read online in the last 12 months.

Here’s a rundown of the most read stories on the Lancaster Guardian website for each month of the year.

Lancaster traffic.

Lancaster traffic.

January - Lancaster man dies in Vietnam on new year’s day

A man from the Lancaster area who had been travelling the world died in Vietnam on new year’s day. Jake O’Grady, a former Our Lady’s High School pupil, had been backpacking around south east Asia.

February - Disastrous Wray farmer’s anger at theft of 58 pregnant sheep worth £30,000

A farmer had £30,000 worth of pedigree sheep stolen. Dan Towers said the theft of 58 pregnant Beltex ewes from his farm at Wray was a major setback for his business. They were stolen from a lambing shed at Scale House Farm, beside Curwen Hill Farm.

Students at Lancaster University held a mass protest rally against tuition fees in the campus' Alexandra Square.'Students at the demonstration.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-12-2014

Students at Lancaster University held a mass protest rally against tuition fees in the campus' Alexandra Square.'Students at the demonstration. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-12-2014

March - Primark to move into Lancaster market hall

Primark’s move to Lancaster was confirmed in March. The store is moving into the former indoor market hall next year, becoming the city’s largest retail store.

April - Police looking for suspicious man in Arnside

Police were looking for a man they described as “suspicious” in Arnside. It is believed he was never traced.

May - Tragic death of former Skerton pupil

A former Skerton High School pupil died after being hit by a train near Preston. Amy Ford, who left the school last year, was found by police officers on the railway line close to Lostock Hall station.

June - Lancaster traffic is country’s second slowest

Rush hour traffic in Lancaster is well documented as causing road misery for many motorists. Figures suggested that drivers’ complaints are not without merit, as they show the city’s rush hour traffic was the second slowest in the country.

July - Praise for plumber’s mercy dash after M6 crash

An apprentice plumber was hailed as a hero for making a mercy dash after a crash on the M6 south of Lancaster caused massive tailbacks in soaring temperatures. The man ran over fields to the shops and returned, dripping in sweat, with bottles of water for children who were dehydrating in queuing cars.

August - Teenager raped in Lancaster

Police appealed for information after a teenager reported being raped by two men in Lancaster. The investigation was later discontinued.

September - Battle to get Lancaster Bomber ready for Vintage Weekend fly-past

Two Lancaster Bombers were facing a race against time to fly above Morecambe as part of the two-day Vintage-by-the-Sea Festival due to engine problems. The planes were later deemed fit to fly as thousands flocked to the resort on a memorable weekend.

October - Morecambe man charged with attempted murders found dead

A man facing a series of charges following a catalogue of incidents at a Heysham caravan park was found dead in prison. William O’Mara, 45, of Norland Drive, Morecambe, was found in his cell at HMP Preston where he had been remanded.

November - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lancaster X Factor star Paul Akister comes home

Cheering crowds gave Paul Akister a hero’s welcome on his return to Lancaster from The X Factor.

December - Anger mounts over fee and rent increases at Lancaster University

One hundred students, union reps and members of staff gathered to protest against the increase on campus rent and fee prices at Lancaster University.