Here we revisit 11 of the most read stories from the year.
Ikea announced in May that it was pulling out of its Cuerden development in South Ribble citing "economic reasons" for its decision. The site was expected to create 4,500 jobs in the area.
The news that Thwaites brewery on Penny Street in Blackburn had produced its last pint was met with sadness from readers in June. Brewing was stopped after the site was badly damaged by vandals.
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In July four former Fishwicks double decker buses were put up for sale. Of the six buses put up for sale, one still remains on the market.
Back in August a barrier appeared at the entrance to the northbound M6 at Charnock Richard much to the dismay of motorists. Welcome Break later revealed it was responsible, as the slip road was only for 'authorised personnel.'
Back in September a Bamber Bridge woman with only months left to live faced a race against time to find new homes for her 40 cats. Following the appeal all of the cats found new homes.
Shocking footage was released showing three people sparked out on a public bench in broad daylight in Blackburn after apparently taking 'Spice'.
A Preston woman live streamed a sickening video of her pet cat screaming in agony as she bit and rough handled the suffering animal. She was given 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year.
In November a jury found Lauren Coyle, 19, of Collins Road, Bamber Bridge, and her ex-boyfriend Reece Hitchcott, 20, of The Fieldings, Fulwood, Preston, guilty of causing or allowing the death of 18 month old daughter Ellie-May.
Martin and Lindsey Brown, 38 and 35, from Chorley were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and ordered to pay almost 30,000 after submitting a false claim against Jet2holidays for gastric illness.
Earlier this month a massive fire on Frank Street in Preston caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage and saw neighbouring homes evacuated. Police have since launched a criminal investigation into the blaze.