Crime stories lead way as surfers hit Mail’s website

Kirsty Debanks, left, with her mother Rhea Debanks

Kirsty Debanks, left, with her mother Rhea Debanks

First published in News Witney Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

FIGURES released today show readers once again turned to the Oxford Mail for latest breaking news.

Breaking news stories were the most popular articles on oxfordmail.co.uk last year.

The most popular search term was Scales of Justice, our round-up of who has appeared in court, with 16,439 hits.

The most read stories were: 1. Woman behind bars for false rape claim (37,705 hits). Kirsty Debanks, 21, from Wood Farm, Oxford, falsely alleged Chris Newitt raped her in July 2012. She was sentenced in May for attempting to pervert the course of justice and released after three months in August. In October she told us she was sorry for her lie.

2. Man dies in tourist tower plunge (30,364 hits). Kris Scott, 39, died after falling from Carfax T ower, Oxford, on May 13. An August inquest found the East Oxford resident took his own life.

Witney Gazette:

Jayden Parkinson

3. Jayden was murdered, say police (27,253 hits). On December 14 police said the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson, 17, from a hostel in Iffley Road, Oxford, on December 3 was a murder investigation.

Witney Gazette:

Martha Fernback

4. Teenage girl dies after incident near Hinksey Lake (24,285 hits). Martha Fernback, 15, died in Hinksey Park, South Oxford, after taking a substance she believed was MDMA on July 20.

5. Snow blog (24,091 hits). Our coverage of heavy snow in late January proved popular.

6. St Jude storm to bring heavy winds and rain (23,521 hits.) The Met Office warned on October 27 of disruption as St Jude made its way towards us across the Atlantic. Though 1,000 homes lost power, it was not as bad as feared.

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7. Man charged with murdering missing Jayden (23,212 hits). On December 15 police charged her boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, of Christchurch Road, Reading, with the murder of Jayden Parkinson, 17, and perverting the course of justice.

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The layby where woman's body was found

8. Woman found dead in Burford (22,104 hits). Suzanne Cammell, 71, from Lechlade, was found in a layby on the A361 near Burford Golf Club on October 3. She died from trauma to the head – police ruled out foul play.

9. Woman attacked outside food outlet (20,967 hits). A woman was attacked outside Bodrums Kebab Shop, in Cowley Road, Oxford, early on February 16.

10. Body of two-year-old girl is found in Bicester (19,485 hits). The body of a two-year-old girl was discovered at a house in Herald Way, Glory Farm, Bicester, on May 16. Her mother was believed to have left the country.

The growth of the Oxford Mail’s website has been one of the reasons the Oxford Mail+ app has been launched this month.

Mail editor Simon O’Neill said: “Our oxfordmail.co.uk website continues to draw in thousands of new readers, but conventional websites don’t replicate the experience of reading the paper.

“The new Oxford Mail+ app combines the best of print and online. It has the immediacy and extra content that digital offers but is also a reproduction of the newspaper, so you can read it at your leisure and enjoy the layout of our news pages.

“We have really looked to bring together all that is best about our newspaper and our website.”

The app costs £3.99 a week, £5.99 a month, £12.99 for three months, £19.99 for six months and £39.99 a year. Android users can choose monthly or annually.

Readers who get their Oxford Mail paper delivered get it for free.

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