Top 10 most read stories online for 2016

It's been quite a year online at the Blackpool Gazette and we've covered all kinds of memorable stories that have really struck a chord with our readers. So before we say goodbye (or good riddance) to 2016, we thought we'd revisit some of our most read stories online.

Saturday, 31st December 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 1:21 pm
A shattered mum who watched on helplessly as onlookers told her daughter to jump

Sadly in 2016 we said goodbye to far too many people who died young. In February, Kris Warner's family were left heartbroken by his apparent suicide at the age of 29. Another young man also died suddenly in August at the age of 16. James Doherty's death, left the community at Hodgson Academy in Poulton ‘deeply shocked and saddened’.

In January, police were called to investigate shocking 'massacre' threats made to the pupils at Montgomery High School in Bispham. Messages were posted on Facebook saying that the poster planned to ‘kill as many people as possible’. Police later said there was nothing to suggest that the threats were credible.

In July, a man from Fleetwood was found by his horrified neighbours with his neck slashed. The man was airlifted to hospital following the shocking knife attack in Hatfield Avenue. A 43-year-old man from Fleetwood was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

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Blackpool Gazette digital editor, Colin Ainscough said: "This year we have seen a continued change in how our readers are consuming news. "The launch of our new mobile ready website and notification service has allowed us to be ever more effective in bringing the news as it happens to our readers."

Here's a detailed look back at our top 10 most read stories of 2016.