Take the quiz to find the missing word in these real local news headlines


How aware are you of the news? Can you find the missing word in these genuine local news headlines?

Over the years, local news readers have been blessed with “Police Called to Creperie Battle”, “Chips Stolen in Break-In”, “Woman Finds a Hat in a Tree”, and more.

But remove a word from the titles and you’d probably be confused trying to figure out the missing word.

The quiz was developed by digital magazine and newspaper app Readly, after research found that 15% of adults ‘love’ reading local news – to see if it’s someone you they know.

Almost a fifth enjoy reading about crime in their area, while others enjoy reading about local politics (16%) or human interest stories (14%).

Almost half have moved from their home town – but one in six still follow local news there

Other favorite fun titles include “Gross-mouthed Parrot on the Loose”, “Police Admit ‘Biggest’ Cocaine Transport Is Tooth Powder” and “Invisible Man Fought Drunk”.

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While “I’ve been posting my letters in the dog poop box for TWO YEARS” and “Hackney Pool too wet to swim” also made the top 20.

It also emerged that more than half (55%) made the headlines themselves, appearing in the local newspaper at least once in their lifetime.

Chris Couchman, Head of Content at Readly, said: “It’s important to know what’s happening in your area because you just don’t know how it might affect you on a personal level.

“The appetite for local news and community spirit is strong in a post-pandemic world.

“From humorous to heartwarming, from local drama to local heroes, local reporting keeps readers smiling and entertained.”

The study, which celebrates Readly’s addition of local newspapers to its platform, also found that 59% of adults are loyal to their local newspaper.

And 74% think they’re important for keeping communities informed.

More than one in seven wrote in the newspaper “several times”, 40% of them having seen their letter published at least once – and 54% still have the press clipping.

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One in seven have written to their local newspaper several times
One in seven have written to their local newspaper several times

Although 45% of adults no longer live in the area where they grew up, 16% of them still follow the news that happens there all the time.

It also shows that almost two-thirds (63%) think it is important to support your local newspaper.

But while 47% are proud of their local publication, almost a third (31%) think this news service is undervalued.

And 63% of respondents, via OnePoll, agree that local newspapers are the best way to keep up to date with local news.

Chris Couchman added: “It’s great to hear that so many people enjoy their local newspaper, reading it alongside the national news.

“That’s why we’re excited to add 160 regional titles to the Readly platform, so people can read alongside their favorite magazines and newspapers.

“Local news could have an impact on the community and allow people to participate in decision-making in the region.

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“Just because something isn’t nationally ‘newsworthy’ doesn’t mean the achievement isn’t worth reporting.

“Without it, we would not have access to current events and up-to-date information that is important to us in our daily lives.”


  1. Gross-mouthed parrot on the loose
  2. Police admit ‘biggest cocaine haul ever’ is tooth powder
  3. Drunk fought the invisible man
  4. I’ve been posting my letters in the dog poo box for TWO YEARS
  5. Hackney’s pool ‘too wet to swim’
  6. A man tried to sell himself on eBay
  7. Runaway sausage dog wreaks havoc
  8. Man released after getting his head stuck in a bin in Aberdeen
  9. The mystery of tea towels exploding in a restaurant
  10. Neighbor fined for listening to Elton John
  11. Postman beaten by a lavender bush
  12. Man stole woman’s pants for 17 years
  13. Panic as man burns crumpets
  14. Exeter seagulls turned off my tv
  15. Delight as the man grows the banana in the garden
  16. Chips stolen in burglary
  17. Bananaman rescued from a roundabout
  18. Warning about dangerous cupcakes
  19. Will the sex barn be a retirement home?
  20. Girl with an eye patch called a pirate by a teacher



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