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The Most Earth-Shattering Local Newspaper Stories Of 2014

Killer seagulls, violent cows and racist swans. Just another mad, mad year in the life of British newspapers.

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1. There was crumpet panic on the streets of Staines.

2. The unquestionable #firstworldproblem of 2014.

3. When Sevenoaks wasn't ready for sushi.

However, the owner of the sushi place in Sevenoaks later said the town WAS ready!
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However, the owner of the sushi place in Sevenoaks later said the town WAS ready!

4. When this guy in Whitstable accidentally bought a full-length rubber gimp suit and turned it into a mermaid outfit.

5. When someone had a standard night out in Stoke-on-Trent.

6. When some swans were racist.

7. "Angry Ian" sounds delightful.

8. When a budgie died in Cumbria and the police got their top people on it.

9. When someone in Portsmouth was fined for pretending to be a ghost in a graveyard.

10. When Exeter seagulls stole someone's sandwich AND their pasty.

11. When Steve came up with this inventive name for a leisure centre in Selby, North Yorkshire.

12. When a couple in Norfolk said they drive around with a life-sized doll of Sir Cliff Richard.

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13. When someone sat on a cash machine in Bolton for some reason.

14. When this dog ate some giant knickers.

The intro to this story is also wonderful: "VETS treating a Labrador puppy found wandering the streets were left stunned when he coughed up a large pair of Bridget Jones-style underpants."
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The intro to this story is also wonderful: "VETS treating a Labrador puppy found wandering the streets were left stunned when he coughed up a large pair of Bridget Jones-style underpants."

15. When someone did a protest poo in a Hull council office.

16. When someone ended up in hospital after giving their cat a bath.

17. When the Halesowen News used a very strange image to illustrate a story about "cockneys swamping the borough".

18. It wasn't so much "dog bites man" in Brighton, as...

19. People in Bridgwater were happy about a roundabout.

20. People were LAUGHING in the face of paddling pool rules in Morpeth.

21. This coat tragedy.

22. And this heart-warming end to a possible coat tragedy.

23. When this crimelord was brought to justice in Scarborough.

24. This is like Day of the Triffids but worse.

25. It turned out North Devon had a serious goat problem.

26. Whitby has had enough of violent seagulls.

27. This story from the 15th century that accidentally got printed in 2014.