Stories that clicked in Surrey: The Top 10 most-viewed stories at Surreynow.com in 2016

Surrey's Creep Catcher tops the year-end list, which also includes creepy clowns

  • Dec. 29, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Ryan LaForge and his Creep Catcher Surrey group made headlines in 2016.

1. SURREY’S CREEP CATCHER: Ryan LaForge and his Creep Catcher Surrey team garnered massive attention in their efforts to weed out “potential predators” and “blast” them on social media, even live streaming a “sting” on Facebook that led to the arrest and charge of a Surrey Mountie.

2. STUDENTS LEAVE CAMPSITE MESS: For the second time in two years, Peninsula high school grads were under fire last May after leaving an “appalling” mess of tents, chairs, tables, tarps, garbage and more behind at a Harrison Lake-area campsite.

3. STARDUST ROLLED AGAIN: Surrey’s iconic Stardust roller rink was a landmark for decades and closed its doors about 10 years ago, but a reunion event earlier this year drew massive attention as people relived their fond memories of the venue.

4. DRAMATIC SCENE IN WHALLEY: A horrific scene played out in Whalley earlier this year when a bloody, naked woman escaped from her apartment after allegedly behind held against her will. Kris Kelly has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the case and is due in court on Jan. 13.

5. CREEPY CLOWNS IN SURREY: The creepy clown phenomenon that manifested itself in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia arrived in Surrey in October when four teenagers were chased by someone wearing a clown mask in Newton who police say was laughing and carrying a bat.

6. EARLS CLOSES AT STRAWBERRY HILL: When the Earls Restaurant at the Strawberry Hill shopping complex closed its doors in March it was the second tenant to do so, after Chapters and its adjacent coffee shop also left.

7. BROADCASTING ABBOTSFORD STABBING VIDEO UNWARRANTED: The Now newsroom took issue with several TV stations airing a horrific video showing the stabbing of a teenage girl.

8. VIRGIN MARY IN SURREY? Hundreds of people flocked to a Guildford apartment in January to see what some believed was a manifestation of the Virgin Mary after an oily substance appeared to be seeping from a wall, small statues of Jesus and Mary, and a mirror.

9. NEW WALMART STORES IN SURREY/DELTA: Two Walmart Supercentre stores opened in place of failed Target stores last February, one at North Delta’s Scottsdale Centre and the other at Central City Shopping Centre in Whalley.

10. TEEN DIES IN STORM: Surrey teen Shakir Salaam was remembered as a “beautiful soul” whose “kindness touched so many lives” after being killed by a falling tree at Clayton Heights Secondary just before 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. More than $23,000 was raised in his honour through a GoFundMe page.

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