Top ten most read stories on in 2013

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OUR COVERAGE of the shocking death of a Newport woman was the most-read story on the Argus website in 2013.

The live blog on the tragic death of Caroline Parry who, was shot on Seabreeze Avenue in Newport, gathered more than 60,000 page views and was the most-viewed story we published in 2013.

Armed police officers, a rapid response car, two emergency ambulances and a doctor attended. She died of her injuries in the Royal Gwent Hospital.

Less than a month later, the same area of Newport was again shocked by another shooting. Our coverage of this incident near the Crosshands pub on Chepstow Road in the Somerton area of Newport was our second most-read of the year, attracting more than 55,000 page views.

A man with a head injury and a second man and a woman with minor injuries, were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital just before midnight on September 3.

Our live coverage of a bomb scare in Newport on April 5 was our third most-read story of the year.

Bomb disposal experts were called at around 11.30am after a suspicious package was found lodged under a fire door at the Wickes store near the Harlequin roundabout.

The incident brought traffic chaos to Newport as police vans, ambulances and two fire engines descended on the area and cordoned off Malpas Road, Barrack Hill and Evans Street and shops and homes were evacuated.

The story about a Newport shopkeeper who was forced by police to remove a T-shirt from his shop window because they felt it “could be seen to be inciting racial hatred” attracted nearly 50,000 page views.

Posted on May 29, the piece told how Matthew Taylor, the owner of Taylor’s clothes store on Emlyn Walk in Newport, printed and displayed the T-shirt with the slogan: “Obey our laws, respect our beliefs or get out of our country”. He made the shirt in response to the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, near Woolwich barracks in London.

Top ten most read stories on in 2013 (page views):

1 Woman dead after shooting on Newport street 62,368

2 Shooting in Somerton, Newport 55,652

3 Man arrested after bomb incident at Wickes in Newport 54,815

4 Newport shopkeeper told to remove 'obey our laws' T-shirt 49,620

5 Body found in Newport 47,805

6 Gwent teacher who had sex with schoolgirl faces jail 46,417

7 Cyclist in Pontypool crash dies 41,946

8 Police probe reported sighting of missing Newport man 41,167

9 Woman killed in M4 crash 36,945

10 Six arrested after armed police deployed in Newport 33,742


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