Vicar who refused to pay council tax was Haringey Independent's most read story via Facebook in 2013

Haringey Independent: The Rev Paul Nicolson who refused to pay council tax in protest benefit changes. The Rev Paul Nicolson who refused to pay council tax in protest benefit changes.

A story about a vicar who refused to pay his council tax in protest against changes to caps on benefits drew in the most readers from Facebook in 2013.

The Haringey Independent's annual web figures released this week, show more than 2,180 people read the story about Rev Paul Nicholson’s protest via a link on Facebook.

Rev Nicolson, of Campbell Road, spoke out about the amount of welfare a person can receive and changes to the council tax benefit, believing the Government and Haringey Council were charging the poorest in society when they were least able to pay.

The second Haringey Independent story to receive the most hits via Facebook was about Mark Duggan’s inquest.

In November a jury heard that DNA and fingerprints were not found on a gun which police claimed the 29-year-old was holding when he was shot dead by police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham.

The marksman who shot him claimed he opened fire in self-defence after he saw Mr Duggan pointing a gun at him. 

No gun was found on Mr Duggan’s body but police recovered a firearm, wrapped in a dark sock, between ten and 20 feet away from where he was killed.

But fingerprints expert, Jacqueline Landais, gave evidence at Mr Duggan's inquest and told jurors that neither Mr Duggan’s fingerprints nor his DNA was found on the gun.

Meanwhile, the most read story via Twitter was about Spurs fans’ chance to win a meal with the club’s then manager, Andre Villas-Boas.

A total of 728 people accessed the story via the social networking site.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was offering the chance to win a meeting with the manager of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as part of an online auction to raise money for the foundation, Breakthough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk Hospitals.

Our latest web figures also show that the most searched for word via the Haringey Independent website in 2013 was “rape”, with a total of 127 searches.

The word “jailed” was the second most searched for, with 85, and “crime” came in third with a total of 84 searches.

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6:03pm Wed 25 Dec 13

GenghisKhan says...

Lock him up and throw away the key.
Lock him up and throw away the key. GenghisKhan

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