REVEALED: Find out which stories were the most read in Bucks in 2018
It was another year packed with exciting, heartwarming – and sometimes heartbreaking – stories in Buckinghamshire in 2018.
Here are the top 36 stories from the Bucks Free Press last year, based on the number of views the articles received.
20-year-old man from High Wycombe dies following crash on A404 Marlow on New Year's Day’
Man charged after three people 'stabbed' at Winkers nightclub in Chalfont St Peter in early hours of New Year's Day
First pictures emerge of 'loyal and funny' Jordan Coupland killed in horror A404 Marlow bypass crash
The devastating news of a fatal car crash on the A404 in Marlow dominated the headlines in January last year.
The top most-read article, highlighting the tragic death of 20-year-old Jordan Coupland on New Year’s Day, was seen more than 31,000 times.
Another article about the awful incident, which featured tributes to Jordan, was the third most-read with more than 22,000 views.
The second most-read article was a story about a “stabbing” at Winkers Nightclub in Chalfont St Peter in the early hours of New Year’s Day, which was seen almost 23,000 times.
BODY FOUND: Dead man discovered in The Rye, High Wycombe
Valentine’s Day: 43 restaurants with the worst hygiene ratings across Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern districts
WEATHER UPDATE: Strong winds and heavy snow set to hit Bucks
There was further tragedy in the news this month, with the discovery of a man’s body in The Dyke at The Rye, early on February 21. It was the third death at The Rye in as many years. The sad news was read more than 57,000 times.
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, the Bucks Free Press published a list of restaurants with the worst hygiene ratings in Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks districts. This list always draws in thousands of readers – and was read more than 27,500 times.
A snow warning from the Met Office was our third most-read story that month, with over 21,000 views.
'Bad stock' of puppies found abandoned in field in Wendover
Cars left 'scattered across the carriageway' after crash on M40 involving several vehicles
Police cordon off section of woodland near M40 in Boundary Road, Loudwater
The awful treatment of five puppies who were found dumped at a farm was our most read story of the month with more than 60,000 views.
A car crash involving several vehicles on the M40 also made the headlines on March 18 and was read over 24,000 times.
The third most-read story came on March 16 when police cordoned off part of woodland in Loudwater to carry out a search.
Men try to grab toddler in alleyway near Warren Wood Drive, High Wycombe, sparking kidnap fears
Police descend on Hazlemere, near Inkerman Drive
UPDATE: Police cordon off underpass and Great Missenden Pelicans Cricket Club near Nags Head pub, Great Missenden, after sex assault
Crime once again made the headlines across Bucks this month. The most-read story, with nearly 53,000 views, came after two men were spotted trying to grab a toddler near The Rye.
Police activity in Hazlemere was the second most-read with over 33,000 views, and a sexual assault in Great Missenden received over 25,000 views.
Traffic chaos as lorry crashes into M40 barrier near junction 2 for Beaconsfield and sheds its load
E-fit released after teenager raped in Hazlemere
Tragic young woman, Emily Morrell, 'took her own life after argument with boyfriend'
Delays on the M40 following a lorry crash had nearly 24,000 views, while an e-fit of man released in connection with a rape had 23,000.
An inquest report into a young woman’s death had 17, 000 views.
Man attempts to abduct 11-year-old girl in Briery Way, Amersham
House of Fraser in High Wycombe's Eden Shopping Centre set to close as part of 'rescue plan'
Angry shopper accuses Waitrose High Wycombe of 'alienating' customers after being fined for staying too long
Another attempted abduction, this time in Amersham, was the most-read story in June, with nearly 19,000 views.
An announcement that House of Fraser in High Wycombe was set to close – a decision that was later reversed – outraged shoppers and the story was read almost 18,000 times.
Meanwhile, a shopper’s disagreement with Waitrose over a parking fine was the third most popular story with over 16,000 views.
MARLOW FIRE: Long delays on A404 as firefighters tackle field fire affecting 10 acres of land in Little Marlow
MARLOW FIELD BLAZE: Inferno spreads to industrial units in Little Marlow as roads grind to a halt
27-year-old man from High Wycombe killed after being struck by train at High Wycombe railway station
July saw a huge blaze devastate acres of land in Little Marlow, destroying a family home. Two stories covering the fire, including a live blog, were the first and second most-read stories. The top story received more than 68,000 views and the second reached almost 45,000 views.
A tragic death at High Wycombe railway station was the third most-read story with over 43,000 views.
Five teenagers charged with kidnap and assault after 11-year-old boys subjected to 'terrifying attack' in Denham
Man killed after being struck by train at High Wycombe railway station named as Ricki Weeks
27-year-old man from High Wycombe killed after being struck by train at High Wycombe railway station
The top most-read story this month received nearly 22,000 views. Two reports about the sad death of High Wycombe resident, Ricki Weeks, were the second and third most-read stories with 17,000 and 14,000 views respectively.
Police and forensics at house in Bowerdean Road, High Wycombe
McDonald's home delivery comes to High Wycombe
Two women arrested in connection with 'armed robbery' at village supermarket
Police activity at a house in High Wycombe was the most-read story in September, pulling in over 12,000 views.
The second most-read was the exciting news that McDonald’s in High Wycombe was set to start home delivery, which got over 11,000 views.
The arrests of two women in connection with a supermarket robbery was the third most-read with more than 10,000 views.
CARNAGE: Serious incident as 'caravan travels wrong way down M40 before major crash'
Food hygiene shock: BFP reveals 43 restaurants with the worst ratings across Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern districts
Teenager dies after police called out to Flackwell Heath for fear of welfare incident
A major incident on the M40 which saw three people die was the most-read story in October with nearly 56,000 views.
Our second food hygiene ratings article of the year was our second most-read story with over 33,500 views.
An article about the heartbreaking death of a teenager was the third-most read with 27,000 views.
Teenagers arrested after man found with stab wounds in Paget Close, Marlow
HALLOWEEN HORROR: Man left with burns to face after 'chemical attack' by 'trick-or-treater'
DENHAM AIR CRASH: Two injured after helicopter nosedives at aerodrome
A man found with stab wounds in Marlow was the top story in November with 28,000 views.
A horrifying Halloween incident in High Wycombe received nearly 15,000 views and an air crash in Denham had 13,000 views.
Tesco Loudwater shut after burglars break in
Woman killed on M40: Serious crash between junction 4 (High Wycombe) and 5 (Stokenchurch)
Chesham cemetery scandal: Widow heartbroken after 'men spotted having sex on husband's memorial'
A burglary at Tesco in Loudwater was the top-read story with more than 16,000 views.
The sad death of a woman on the M40 was the second most-read story with over 11,500 views and a scandal at Chesham cemetery was the third most popular story with readers – with over 8,000 views.
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A new picture of a David Schwimmer lookalike from Slough wanted in connection with fraud and theft is released by police. original article
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:50:00 +0000
Tributes paid to 'old school copper' killed in motorbike crash on his way home from work
The heartbroken brother of a policeman who served the public for 27 years before he was killed in a motorbike crash on his way home from work has told of his “honour” at standing “shoulder to shoulder” with him in an emotional family tribute.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:26:19 +0000
Billionaire's grandson withdraws plans for footpath fencing near his mansion after criticism from conservationists
The grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J Paul Getty has withdrawn plans for 6ft fencing and electronic gates along a cherished public footpath near his home following criticism from ramblers and conservationists.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:16:57 +0000
WEATHER ALERT: Ice warning put in place for Bucks
The Met Office has issued a weather alert warning of ice in Bucks overnight.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:07:50 +0000
Major £750k roadworks get underway at busy junction
A major roadworks project at a busy High Wycombe junction has got underway today.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:03:41 +0000
PICTURES AND VIDEO: Veterans help celebrate launch of new 1940s-inspired cafe
A unique new cafe in High Wycombe is giving visitors a chance to step back in time to the 1940s - and celebrated its grand opening with veterans and the mayor on Saturday.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:22:00 +0000
Beaconsfield Tories chairman speaks out amid controversy around MP's Brexit views
The Tory chairman in Dominic Grieve’s constituency has spoken out amid controversy surrounding his views on Brexit.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:15:44 +0000
Former HS2 boss to face tough questions on controversial rail project
Former HS2 chairman Sir Terry Morgan will face tough questions in the House of Lords tomorrow - and will be asked if the controversial project can be delivered with the £56 billion budget.
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:41:18 +0000
Former lawyer takes on top police role
A former lawyer has taken on a top police role as commander for Chiltern and South Bucks.original article
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:05:12 +0000
Royal seal of approval for air ambulance as Countess of Wessex named patron
The Countess of Wessex has given Thames Valley Air Ambulance a royal seal of approval after being named its patron.original article
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:00:00 +0000
Harry Redknapp set to lift the lid on life in the Jungle
Fresh from his triumph on I’m A Celebrity, Harry Redknapp is taking to the stage to lift the lid on what life was really like in the Australian jungle.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000
Former civil servant celebrates a century with loved ones
A former civil servant celebrated her 100th birthday this month surrounded by friends and family.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000
Pupils celebrate after winning coveted 2nd place in maths competition
After weeks of hard work, tough mathematical training and three days of intense competitions, four High Wycombe pupils were named runners up in a national maths competition.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
OPINION: Preparation is key to winter weather fight
Health and winter advice from the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) for Bucks Free Press readers:
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Looking back at how Sands became Sands
This week we begin a new series of articles planned for this year about the history of the villages and similar conurbations around High Wycombe.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Stunned woman 'unearths' engagement ring in romantic proposal
A romantic boyfriend sprung a surprise proposal on his stunned girlfriend - by letting her ‘discover’ an engagement ring during a metal detecting outing.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Cat adopted by kind resident set to celebrate 21st birthday
A cat that was adopted by a kind-hearted resident 20 years ago is set to celebrate her 21st birthday this month.
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0000
Letters from Westminster: NHS has got to embrace reform and make more use of digital technology
David Lidington, MP for Aylesbury, writes exclusively to Bucks Free Press readers:
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:15:02 +0000
Car flips over on busy dual carriageway
A car flipped over on its roof on a busy dual carriageway this morning.original article
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
School's new chair of governors vows to uphold 'legacy of care and support'
A new chair of governors at a High Wycombe school has vowed to uphold the school’s “legacy of care and support” for children of all-abilities.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Plans for new incinerator at glass plant given green light
Plans to install a new incinerator at a glass processing plant in High Wycombe have been given the green light.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000
HOTEL REVIEW: Luxury setting is more than just a private members' club
Rating: Four stars
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:02:20 +0000
Legal proceedings could be brought against government after latest unitary development sparks fury
Legal proceedings could be brought against the government after there was .original article
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Beloved ballets to take centre stage in Bucks
Renowned dance company Moscow City Ballet is set to return to the UK and delight audiences in Bucks with its dramatic traditional storytelling.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Firms warn of dangers of no-deal Brexit on farmers
Agricultural landlords and tenants have joined forced to warn MPs of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0000
Young woman celebrates after buying first home at tender age of 20
Three years ago when many of her friends were dreaming of heading off to university, 17-year-old Emma Piercy was living at home with her parents in Walters Ash, building up her savings from what she earned in her full time job to achieve her ambition of getting on the property ladder.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0000
Convent transformed into plush new flats
Buyers have the first chance this weekend to take a look at a collection of 12 apartments newly converted from a one-time convent.
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:04:33 +0000
Hundreds of irresponsible motorists arrested during campaign against drink and drug driving
Hundreds of irresponsible motorists were caught during a police crack down on drink and drug driving.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:54:45 +0000
Another busy road closed following 'serious' crash
Another busy road has been closed after a “serious” crash involving two vehicles.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:50:00 +0000
Police hunt for man after man in 50s 'suffers fractured skull'
Police are hunting for a man who they want to speak to after a man in his 50s suffered a fractured skull when he was allegedly punched in High Wycombe.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:46:46 +0000
Three people injured after three-car crash closes busy road
Three people have been injured after a three-car crash shut a busy road.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:05:51 +0000
Rush hour motorway crash shuts three lanes
Three lanes had to be shut on the M25 during rush hour following a crash.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000
Street beggars moved on 700 times in just one month
Street beggars were moved on 700 times in just one month in High Wycombe town centre.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:30:00 +0000
Tributes to 'hugely liked and respected' police officer killed in motorbike crash
The county council has paid tribute to a Chesham police officer who was killed in a motorbike crash this week.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:30:00 +0000
'VANITY PROJECT': New cemetery plan is slammed by residents
Plans for a new cemetery for High Wycombe have been slammed by residents as an “unwanted vanity project”.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:20:00 +0000
Man charged with sex attacks on five women
A 53-year-old man has appeared in court charged with carrying out sex attacks on five women between 2009 and 2014.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Plans for new flats in town centre given green light despite parking fears
Plans to build flats behind the site that was widely tipped to be a new Marks and Spencer store in Marlow have been given the green light – despite concerns about parking.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:00:00 +0000
IN THE DOCK: Weekly round-up of court hearings at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court
Weekly round-up of hearings at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court:
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:30:00 +0000
TV star Dame Esther Rantzen to meet retirement home residents
Lucky Marlovians will have the chance to meet one of Britain’s favourite TV personalities, Dame Esther Rantzen, when she comes to the town next month.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:30:00 +0000
Fraudsters clone council's debit card and try to spend more than £360 online
A new debit card had to be issued to Marlow Town Council after fraudsters cloned the original and attempted to spend more than £360 in total online.
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
New unitary authority will be ‘a new chapter in town's history'
Marlow’s mayor has welcomed the new county-wide unitary council for Buckinghamshire, saying there will be “many positive gains” from the decision.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:00:00 +0000
Outrage after syringe is found dumped in the street
A syringe that appeared to contain a substance was found dropped in the street in High Wycombe – prompting outrage from residents who say nothing is being done to solve the problem.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:03:25 +0000
JAILED: Sex attacker who brutally assaulted elderly widow minutes after trying to kidnap schoolgirl is put behind bars
An attacker who sexually assaulted an elderly widow just minutes after trying to kidnap a schoolgirl has been jailed for more than 11 years this week.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:05:34 +0000
Meet the candidates standing for the latest by-election in Bucks
This week Bucks County Council announced the candidates who will stand in next month’s by-election for the Totteridge and Bowerdean ward.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:08:04 +0000
Abandoned pooch thrown from moving van saved
An abused and abandoned dog who was thrown from a moving van has been saved thanks to a High Wycombe vet clinic.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:48:06 +0000
Action taken to recruit adoptive families in Bucks after council failed to hit targets
The leader of the county council’s children’s services says action has been taken to recruit more adoptive families in Bucks – original article
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:12:13 +0000
'Widespread concern' over 'bogus' council plans to overhaul short break services for disabled
There is “widespread serious concern” among carers and people with disabilities over original article
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