WHILE floods may have dominated the news at the start of 2014 - there has been a wealth of stories that have caught people's attention on the Worcester News website.

The monthly most read stories provide a snapshot of what has happened in the city over the year from tragedies to the ingenious idea about what to do with those now-redundant tax disc holders.

Here are the stories behind some of the most popular online articles this year.



Malvern Gazette:

IT may have been a New Year but it was the same old story for Worcestershire - flooding had gripped the county.

The most read story detailed the road closures as the rivers began to rise again around Worcestershire.

Worried commuters - probably having returned back to the roads after the Christmas and New Year break - logged online in their droves on January 3 to find out more about the state of the roads.


Malvern Gazette:

Flooding dominated the news in February too with the most popular story that month - pictures of the floods taken by Worcester News photographers and readers - getting more than double the views of the second most popular article.

This particular series of flooding had started back in November 2013 and had affected the city through Christmas and into the New Year.

But the chance to capture stunning images had not passed novice or professional photographers by and the Worcester News was inundated with your pictures.

Also deployed in Worcestershire were hundreds of soldiers from 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment and specialist vehicles to support police, fire and ambulance services.


Malvern Gazette:

IT was a rude awakening for suspected prostitutes working out of a 'brothel' when eight police officers smashed their way into the house in a sleepy St Peter's cul-de-sac.

Neighbours suspicions led to the raid - and to the most read story of March.

Officers rammed their way through a wooden door during the raid and climbed in via a hole they had made in the bottom panel, shouting "police!" as they rushed inside.

Two women, aged 34 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the management of a brothel while a third woman, aged 41, was arrested in Banbury, also on suspicion of being involved in the management of a brothel.


Malvern Gazette:

On Game of Thrones, Kit Harington aka Jon Snow, may have made The Wall his home but the Worcester actor promised that the city remains his true home.

He has returned to Worcester on several occasions to speak at schools and colleges to budding actors - perhaps proving that, unlike the popular catchphrase used by his on-screen love Ygritte, he does know something.


Malvern Gazette:

In May, it was the story of a police car smashing into a garden wall on Ombersley Road, Worcester which grabbed online readers' attention.

The police car was responding to an incident during the crash and a woman, driving a Seat Exeo, was treated at the scene and taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.

While the road, which is at the junction with Cornmeadow Lane, was closed off for several hours after the accident on Sunday, May 11.


Malvern Gazette:

A brave young woman managed to think quickly and film a man who sexually assaulted her in the early hours of June 15 in  Evesham.

The pictures were published in your Worcester News and quickly became the most read story in June this year.

Thanks to her quick-thinking and the release of the pictures, Luis Silva was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Silva, of Springfield Road, Repton, near Derby, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, indecent exposure and attempted robbery of the mobile phone.


Malvern Gazette:

The sudden death of police constable and judo instructor Duncan Jones, aged just 41,  was the most read story online in July.  

PC Jones, who died on July 16 after being taken seriously ill while instructing at Worcester Judo Club, worked as a response officer and lived in the city with his wife Sarah and three children.  

Mrs Jones said her husband “Will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”

More than 700 family, friends and colleagues also paid tribute at his funeral in St George's Church, Barbourne, with 200 officers forming a guard of honour as the cortège arrived at the church.

Colleague and best friend PC Matt Caesar described his late friend as ‘exceptionally caring’ and ‘incredibly trustworthy and loyal and protective of those people he cared for’.


Malvern Gazette:

Bank Holiday fun went awry when 50 people began brawling with police outside McDonalds in Foregate Street in August.

What started as police officers talking to a man about being too drunk, and committing anti-social behaviour outside the restaurant, soon erupted when people not connected got involved.

Reinforcements were needed to control the crowd, with police dog handlers, officers from the Operation Patrol Unit and Central Motorway Police Group soon at the scene to help the officers already there and eventually calm the crowds.

Three men were eventually convicted for their involvement.


Malvern Gazette:

It was an extremely upsetting story that topped the most read chart in September - a 13 year old boy was accused of entering Chase School, Malvern with a knife and cut a teacher and pupil.

People were kept up to date with the latest from the ensuing manhunt, which ended when the teenager was found on a train, as well as updates from the school and police with our live blog.


Malvern Gazette:

They say the simple ideas are often the best - and Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Team proved this to be true when they came up with an idea for the redundant car tax disc holder.

The team came up with the idea of the Emergency Contact Disc designed to fit into the holder and containing important medical details about the driver or passengers.

It proved such a good idea that the story was one of the most read stories online nationally in 2014.


Malvern Gazette:

Smashing through a wall with a stolen digger to reach a cash machine on a retail park was bound to catch readers' attention.

The amazing pictures of the 10ft hole in the wall where the ATM - also known as a hole in the wall - once stood are pretty dramatic.

But this wasn't just any cash point robbery, this was a Marks and Spencer cash point robbery as the theft took place outside the shop on Malvern Retail Park, Roman Way in November.


Malvern Gazette:

Frightened staff and shoppers could only watch on in horror as three men wearing balaclavas and wielding crowbars broke into the self-service tills at the Tesco superstore in Evesham and stole cash.

The armed robbery at the 24-hour shop in Worcester Road, which was open at the time, was one of the most read stories in December.

Police have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the robbery in the early hours of Tuesday, December 9 and anyone with information should contact them on 101 quoting reference number 16S of Tuesday 9 December.

Officers also said there was not enough evidence to link it to a similar armed robbery at Tesco in St Peter's, Worcester which took place the month before.