Lancashire Evening Post's most read stories online for 2016

It's been quite a year online at the Lancashire Evening Post and we've covered all kinds of memorable stories that have really struck a chord with our readers. So before we say goodbye (or good riddance) to 2016, we thought we'd revisit some of our most read stories online.

Saturday, 31st December 2016, 6:28 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 1:11 pm
In April, we reported that Chorley Hospitals A&E department was to close.
In April, we reported that Chorley Hospitals A&E department was to close.

Cuts to services have hit Lancashire hard this year, so it's no surprise that our most read story of 2016 was the news that one of the region's most popularA&E departments at Chorley was to close in April. Readers were also keen to find out which libraries and museums were set to close as part of Lancashire County Council's bid to save £200m by 2020 in another of our biggest stories of the year published in May.

Sadly, in Lancashire, we are no strangers to traffic accidents, and the death of 15-year-old Dylan Crossey in a road collision shocked the county in October. Readers flooded the website with tributes to the tragic teen. The M6 has also had more than its fair share of accidents this year and the news that a lorry had overturned on the M6 and blocked four lanes of the motorway was widely read and shared by our readers.

In February, the man dubbed 'Toxic Terry' or Terrence Ashcroft as he now prefers to be called, gave up his solvent addiction and this piece of good news was celebrated by our readers. Terrence had managed to completely turn his life around thanks to his new found faith and support from a local psychiatric unit.

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Lancashire Evening Post digital editor, Colin Ainscough said: "This year we have seen a continued change in how our readers are consuming news. "The launch of our new mobile ready website and notification service has allowed us to be ever more effective in bringing the news as it happens to our readers."

Here's a detailed look back at our top 10 most read stories of 2016.