2021 has had no shortage of news and Brighton is no exception.

With 2022 just around the corner, we thought we would take a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.

From killer whale sightings to the new bank holidays for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, there is not much that we haven't seen in 2021.

As we reflect on our most popular headlines of the year, we would like to wish you a very happy new year.

Top 10 most read stories in Brighton in 2021

10. Katie Price rushed to hospital after ‘drink-drive’ crash near Partridge Green

KATIE Price has reportedly been rushed to hospital after a “drink-drive” crash that could leave her facing jail time.

The Brighton-born celebrity, who is understood to be banned from driving, is said to be in hospital after the crash on the B2135 near Partridge Green, on Tuesday, September 28.

Police arrested the 43-year-old reality star for alleged drink-driving, according to The Sun.

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9. Covid: Holidays to start in May with traffic light system

THE PRIME Minister is set to give the go-ahead for foreign holidays as part of a new traffic light system for travellers, it has been reported.

Countries will be assessed according to their vaccination programme, infection rates and size of known variants before being given the "green light" to travel.

According to the MailOnline, the system means Boris Johnson is set to resume holidays abroad from May 17.

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8. Brighton couple move into their horsebox home they built from scratch

An enterprising couple have transformed a horsebox into a stylish home - completely from scratch.

Faced with the struggle of saving for a mortgage while paying high rents in Brighton, Sophie Frykfors and Lalli Castiglione decided to look into alternative forms of living.

The creative pair had previously been thinking about buying a property in the city, but decided there was little appeal in being tied down with a mortgage and a large debt.

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7. Giant 'prehistoric' seagull poses 'no danger' to small dogs

A WILDLIFE rescue expert has told dog owners they have nothing to fear after a huge seagull was seen devouring a pigeon.

Roger Musselle, who runs Roger’s Wildlife rescue in Woodingdean, said the "prehistoric" black backed gull filmed devouring a pigeon in a children's playground is not the "evil menace that some people seem to think".

In the video, taken on Wednesday, May 5, the large bird can be seen walking over to the pigeon before picking it up and swallowing it whole.

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6. 'Killer whales' spotted off coast of Brighton

THERE is excitement among wildlife experts after a possible killer whale sighting was reported off the coast of Brighton.

A pod of what Sussex Dolphin Project believe could be female orcas were spotted shortly after midday on Thursday in Telscombe.

Onlooker Grant Winter saw between four and six of the elusive creatures heading west towards Brighton.

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5. Four-day Bank Holiday weekend to mark Queen's platinum jubilee

There will be an extra Bank Holiday to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The nation will be able to come together and celebrate the monarch's 70-year reign over the course of a four-day weekend.

The May Bank Holiday weekend in 2022 will be moved to Thursday, June 2, and there will be an additional Bank Holiday on Friday, June 3, to celebrate her Majesty hitting this milestone.

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4. Michele Spicer evicted from beach hut in Goring near Worthing

A WOMAN is outraged after being kicked out of her beach hut following a string of complaints - the first time the council has evicted anyone from the seafront in 25 years.

Michele Spicer only bought her beach hut in Goring last year, but the council has already taken action, changing the locks to stop her returning to Sea Place.

The actress and model said she spent hours restoring her "mermaid haven," only to get into a row with neighbours over parking which led to complaints of "anti-social behaviour".

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3. Pictures: Thousands flock to Brighton seafront to enjoy heatwave

THESE pictures show a rammed Brighton beach as thousands of people basked in 25C amid a nationwide heatwave.

Swimmers, sunbathers and cliff jumpers all descended onto the seafront yesterday just days before so-called "freedom day".

Pictures taken from the seafront on Satruday revealed the scale of the crowds that gathered to enjoy the sun, as people from across the city baked in the sun.

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2. 10 driving offences you've probably never heard of

There are hundreds of rules in The Highway Code.

So, while many people pride themselves on being exemplary drivers, there are few who can claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of all of them.

Vehicle leasing company Vanarama has sifted through the motoring rulebook to find some of the more obscure inclusions which people may not be aware of.

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1. Meghan Markle urged to stick to ‘Hollywood gossip’ after Afghanistan statement

THE DUCHESS of Sussex has been urged to stick to “Hollywood gossip” after releasing a statement about Afghanistan.

Meghan Markle released a joint statement with the Duke of Sussex last month in the wake of the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan.

In the joint statement shared on their Archewell website, Prince Harry and Meghan said: “The world is exceptionally fragile right now.

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