Clowns, sonic boom and Jeremy Kyle - The 10 most popular stories read by you in 2016
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We take a look back at some of our most popular stories of the year as 2016 draws to a close.
1. Ten things you'll only understand if you grew up in Norfolk
From the puppet man to the bishy barnabee our tongue-in-cheek look at some of Norfolk's unique characteristics raised a few smiles and turned out to be our most read story of the year.
2. One man dies after light aircraft crash near former RAF Hardwick site
In October we reported on the death of John Marshall following a plane crash in Topcroft, near Bungay. An eyewitness said of the crash: 'I actually saw it in the distance circling to come in and there was certainly no sign of anything untoward on there.'
3. A47 now reopened following earlier closure as man's body found on side of carriageway
The body of a man was found in the early hours of the morning in January on the A47 near to Norwich. The body was discovered on the side of the carriageway about half a mile past the B1108 eastbound. The man was later named as Nikolaus Paul Stephens.
4. The Norwich house that's so haunted even paranormal investigators won't go inside
Just days before Halloween we told the story of one woman whose house in Norwich was so haunted the landlord called in paranormal experts to investigate the property. They said they could sense an angry male in the house who they thought had been a gang member that had killed people.
5. Man dressed as clown arrested in Norwich after chasing woman through Eaton Park
Norwich was one of a host of towns and cities across the country which were targeted by clowns in October. A 30-year-old man from south Norfolk was cautioned by police after he dressed up as a clown and chased a woman through Eaton Park.
6. Norwich restaurant accused as workers claim they don't receive service charge
Employees from Bill's in Norwich accused the company of allowing its customers to believe their service charge payments were going to staff, when they were in fact being kept by the company. They claimed staff did not receive a penny from the optional charge.
- 1 'Squatter' couple become legal owners of land as saga continues
- 2 WATCH: Moment hero doorman tackles knifeman during Norwich triple stabbing
- 3 Passengers angry after train heading to Norwich delayed for hours
- 4 Norfolk car dealership and MOT centre named among best in the country
- 5 Covid restrictions played part in father's death, inquest told
- 6 'It was horrible' - Shock as woman robbed and assaulted in broad daylight
- 7 'My life has been plagued by fly-tipping for a year - I need it to stop'
- 8 Woman arrested after man hit with a broom in city centre
- 9 Norwich independent school named one of best in East Anglia
- 10 Arrests after woman held hostage in home containing drugs and samurai sword
7. Crowds flock to see Hunstanton whale as three more wash up dead on beach in Lincolnshire
In January crowds flocked to Hunstanton to see the body of a giant sperm whale which washed up on the beach. It was one of a number of the same pod which beached along the east coast that month.
8. 'What I saw was unbelievable' - Jeremy Kyle on his visit to Norwich's Prince of Wales Road
Controversial television presenter Jeremy Kyle spent a Saturday night on Norwich's infamous Prince of Wales Road in September and said he never thought a night out in the city could 'turn so sour for some'.
9. Fighter pilot responsible for causing sonic boom over Norwich to 'receive additional training'
RAF Lakenheath confirmed that a large bang heard over Norwich in November was caused by a brief 'sonic event'. The pilot received additional training to prevent a similar thing happening in the future.
10. 'Lovely lads who will be missed ' - tributes paid to brothers who died in Horsham St Faith crash
Friends of brother Shane and Sam Nobbs, who died in a crash on the A140 near Horsham St Faiths in November, took to social media to pay tribute to them, calling them 'lovely lads'.