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These were the biggest stories in Preston from October to December this year

Posted on - 31st December, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fulwood, Preston News
Firefighters attending to a vehicle in Blackpool Road Pic: Blog Preston
Firefighters attending to a vehicle in Blackpool Road Pic: Blog Preston

Autumnal months and the build up to Winter proved a popular time with our readers.

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Back to school, bonfire celebrations and the leading up to Christmas led to many stories in the city.

Food hygiene was high on the agenda, along with news on crime in the local area.

Read more: These were the biggest stories from July to September this year

Here are our most read stories from October to December:

October

October’s most read story was when there was armed police activity reported in Ribbleton after a man threatened to harm himself.

Pictures sent to Blog Preston show eight police vehicles in attendance at a house.

An eyewitness claimed police had guns drawn while at the property.

Police vehicles on the scene in Brookfield
Police vehicles on the scene in Brookfield

The closing of Lane Ends junction as firefighters cut people free from a car was another big story.

Two people were cut from an over-turned car at the busy Preston junction.

North West Ambulance Service had an advanced paramedic at the scene and the injuries were expected to be minor.

Readers were intrigued to find out about the demolition of the Sumners Pub, an old favourite with PNE fans.

The Sumners was demolished last week Pic: Dave Tattersall
The Sumners was demolished last week Pic: Dave Tattersall

Pub campaigners questioned how the city pub was able to be demolished before the proposal had been formally approved.

A council spokesperson said that any work carried out without planning permission is done at the owners or applicant’s own risk.

November

In November we decided to do a round up of all the restaurants, bars and pubs that scored lowest for food hygiene in Preston – and it proved popular.

Azuma on Friargate scored the least with 0/5 rated by Trading Standards Officers.

Readers were shocked when we reported footage showing a Longton teenage gang beating a boy with a club.

Police launched an investigation into the video, shot at Longton Memorial Ground, off School Lane, which shows boys using golf clubs and other weapons to beat a boy.

Another road traffic incident was covered when two people were taken to hospital after a two-car crash on Blackpool Road.

Police closed the junction of  Ribbleton Avenue and Blackpool Road and the injuries were not believed to be a major medical trauma.

Firefighters attending to a vehicle in Blackpool Road Pic: Blog Preston
Firefighters attending to a vehicle in Blackpool Road Pic: Blog Preston

December

News still happens throughout the holidays and of course our most read story throughout September to December took place on Christmas Day.

Armed police were reported at a house and several roads were closed off Blackpool Road in the Plungington area of the city.

Pictures sent to Blog Preston show armed officers at a house in Blackpool Road, opposite the Jemmett Street junction.

Armed police at a house in Blackpool Road Pic: Andy Speariett
Armed police at a house in Blackpool Road Pic: Andy Speariett

A fire ripping through a commercial building in Deepdale was also widely read.

90 firefighters worked at the scene which was though to have affected a number of commercial units off North Road.

The fire as viewed in North Road Pic: Izy Ahmed
The fire as viewed in North Road Pic: Izy Ahmed

The flames led to the single-busiest day on Blog Preston with more than 50,000 page views during a 24-hour period.

A very sad story was also one of our most-read for December. Forensic officers were reported at a house in the St Matthews area during Tuesday 11 December after Preston Police confirmed a man’s body was found at a house in Acregate Lane.

Police and paramedics attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

What was your most memorable story of 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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