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News Shopper Is The Greatest, Most WTF Local News Site In Existence

When herons visit KFC, dinosaurs go to shopping centres and people are forced to live with rotting pears in front of their houses, News Shopper's reporters are always there.

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Its reporters have been breaking a few big exclusives recently.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

Disgruntled resident Sally Bateman was quoted as saying: “My neighbour and I are both sick of it. They cause a complete mess and even get trodden into our houses. We have to live here and put up with this stench."

They always get to grips with big local murder cases.

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News Shopper got this quote from an anonymous observer: "I was thinking it shouldn’t be lying down like that without other horses around to protect it. Then I passed by again and noticed its stomach was huge, which is a sure sign that it was dead."

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But some of the less earth-shaking stories have earned News Shopper a cult following outside its patch.

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The report of this person walking around Gravesend in a dinosaur costume described "scenes resembling classic Steven Spielberg movie Jurassic Park."

Oh, and we almost forgot the "mystery" of this mushroom.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

After finding this in his garden Jan Wocial said: "I'm looking at books about mushrooms and I cannot find anything like it. It feels rubbery and smells of mushroom and I think it could go in a lot of omelettes."

News Shopper published a phone number people could contact if they could help identify it.

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Foxes are featured a lot on News Shopper.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

Sadly this "mugging" wasn't caught on camera, but the NS team were able to replicate some of the drama with this posed photo.

Victim Seb Baker told reporters: "I took out the Tesco Value garlic stick and waved it in an aggressive manner [at the fox]. But he just started jumping up again so I thought this is just not worth it. I didn't want to get scratched so just threw him the garlic bread."

A heck of a lot of fox news.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

Anthony Schofield, who was attacked by a fox while he was on the toilet, said: "I didn’t even have time to wipe myself. I just had to chase after it. It was so quick."

So much fox news.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

The site reported: "No wonder the trains are overcrowded - even lazy foxes are trying to get on board cub-lic transport. This wily beast didn't fancy walking back to his den, and hatched a cunning plan to bag a train from Woolwich Arsenal."

Away from foxes, the "grim discovery" of some old metal and rope cause a few shockwaves.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

Rob Powell, who captured the image in the River Thames, said: "Obviously, it looked like a skeleton, which was a bit grim, and it was only when I got closer that I realised it was metal and old rope."

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It can be a dirty job working there, sometimes.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

Mr Lall, manager of a nearby bathroom showroom, said: "I'm 100 per cent sure about what happened. You couldn't help but notice the excrement. I assumed it was a he because he stands up to pee on it."

But I wish every local newspaper and website could be more like News Shopper.

Via newsshopper.co.uk

The team reported: "A pigeon has been spotted on a train heading to Greenhithe. Robert Bagley spotted the mischievous feathered creature yesterday, on a train between Stone Crossing and Greenhithe.

"He posted a picture of the birdie on Twitter, branding it a 'fare dodger'. The Columbidae has since been described as 'lazy'."

An earlier version of this article contained an inaccurate photo credit. H/T Paulr4265f2f61.

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