Best of the web - What you read online in 2014

John Wilkinson.
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As 2014 draws to a close we have a look at what you read online in the last 12 months.

Here’s a rundown of the most read stories on The Visitor website for each month of the year.

Thousands of travellers arrived at a site in Overton near Morecambe for a national religious festival.'The travellers' site, with Overton village in the background.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-7-2014

Thousands of travellers arrived at a site in Overton near Morecambe for a national religious festival.'The travellers' site, with Overton village in the background. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-7-2014

January - Woman fined for illegal dentistry

A woman was fined in court for illegally whitening teeth at a Lancaster beauty salon. Hayley Wilding, who did not attend Lancaster Magistrates Court, was found guilty in her absence of unlawfully practising dentistry at Vanity Salon in Ullswater Road. At a later hearing on May 2 Wilding pleaded guilty to unlawfully practising dentistry, namely tooth whitening, contrary to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Dentists Act 1984 and to unlawfully carrying on the business of dentistry contrary to sections 41 (1) and (1B). She was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs to the General Dental Council of £1,604 and to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

February - Arson attack on boxer Tyson Fury’s Morecambe home

Boxer Tyson Fury’s Morecambe was targeted by arsonists while he was away training for a big fight.

March - Lancaster City FC fans in brawl with Ramsbottom players at match

A brawl broke out at a Lancaster City football match after players, officials and fans from a rival team turned up at the game.

April - Fears over traveller festival plan for Overton

More than 100 residents packed into a heated meeting amid concerns at a mass gathering for travellers set for their village. Thousands of members of the travelling community descended on Overton in July as part of a religious festival which passed without major incident.

May - Pigeon man sent to jail

Morecambe’s well-known ‘Pigeon man’ was jailed for six weeks for breaching his bird feeding ASBO. John Wilkinson, of Cavendish Road in the town, had been warned if he continued to breach his anti-social behaviour order curbing his pigeon feeding habits, he would be jailed.

June - Home Alone star deep panned by Morecambe band

This is the curious tale of Macaulay Culkin, pizza and resort band The Heartbreaks. The Morecambe boys had a playful dig at the Home Alone star after he was booed off stage at a gig.

July - Praise for plumber’s mercy dash after M6 crash

An apprentice plumber was hailed as a hero for making a mercy dash after a crash on the M6 south of Lancaster caused massive tailbacks in soaring temperatures. The man ran over fields to the shops and returned, dripping in sweat, with bottles of water for children who were dehydrating in queuing cars.

August - Teenager raped in Lancaster

Police appealed for information after a teenager reported being raped by two men in Lancaster. The investigation was later discontinued.

September - Man critical and others seriously injured after attempted murder at caravan park

A man was left fighting for his life in hospital and others were seriously injured following an attempted murder at a Heysham holiday park. Police launched an investigation after a woman sustained serious head injuries following an assault at the Ocean Edge Holiday Park, in Moneyclose Grove, which resulted in two other people being run down by a car. A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, dangerous driving, failing to stop after a collision and drink driving. After sustaining serious injuries, Paul Clark, 42, from Heysham, lost his battle for life at Royal Preston Hospital on Saturday September 27. The man arrested, William O’Mara, of Norland Drive, Morecambe, was later found dead in his cell at HMP Preston where he had been remanded - see October below.

October - Morecambe man charged with attempted murders found dead

November - Hidden Paul Akister track revealed

Paul Akister may have been axed from The X Factor but we revealed how he’d already recorded a song. ‘Here For You’ by DubRocca featuring Paul Akister was played on BBC Radio 1Xtra earlier in the year.

December - Lancaster wife stabs husband after sex

A Lancaster woman who blindfolded her estranged husband and then stabbed him in the back before trying to kill herself was jailed for 12 years. Following a night out together in the city, Andrea Santon, 53, invited her ex-husband back to her home in Hasgill Close where she stabbed him in the back.