THE Gazette has compiled a list of 12 of the most unusual and bizarre stories covered by our reporters over the years, from a buffalo being beamed up by a UFO to a poo found in a bag!

Can you think of any we’ve missed? Let us know by using the comments facility below.

1. In 2010 cross-dresser Chris Blair from South Ham talked to The Gazette about his unsual career move - making fake breasts. Read the full story here

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2. GREAT-grandfather Jack Sedgewick, of Roman Road, had the shock of his life when he took to the internet to find the answer to a crossword clue - only for pages of X-rated pornographic images to pop up on his screen. 

The pensioner was trying to find the answer to a difficult clue of wild Asian donkey, but discovered a rather different kind of “Asian ass” than the crossword clue was asking for.


Full story here.


Basingstoke Gazette: Crossword fan Jack Sedgewick

3. It was one of The Gazette's most-read stories of 2013 - when Basingstoke mum Caroline Byrne found a poo at the bottom of a shopping bag. Click here for the full story.

Basingstoke Gazette: Caroline Byrne came home from Co-Op, in Grove Road, to find faeces in one of her bags.

4. These unlucky ducks hit the headlines last year when Oakley Parish Council appealed to find the lonley mallards female companions, after the desperate drakes lost all their mates. 

Read the full story here.

Basingstoke Gazette: 'Come on boys, let's look for some birds'

5. Earlier this year Jason Payne was banned from staying at Hilton Basingstoke for claiming he had a snake in his trousers. Find out more here.

Basingstoke Gazette: Jason Payne, who has been barred by Hilton Basingstoke.

6. In 2009 Hartley Wintney Parish Council clerk Pat Vaughan (pictured below right) left a £1,000 gift in his will to buy sausage sandwiches.

Full story here.

Basingstoke Gazette: Pat Vaughan (right) pictured with his good friend Peter Fountain at Midsummer's day market in Hartley Wintney in June 2007

7. Nearly 8,000 of you watched the video of Naked Rambler Stephen Gough chat to The Gazette as he strolled through War Memorial Park wearing nothing but a pair of hiking boots!

You can watch it again here.

Basingstoke Gazette: Stephen Gough on his journey through Basingstoke

8. David Miles showed his love for Basingstoke in 2012 when he penned a song dedicated to the town - which has been watched over 20,000 times on YouTube.

Hear the song here. 

Basingstoke Gazette: David Miles

9. Pensioner Derek Bridges was the centre of mass media attention in 2009 when he claimed to have filmed a buffalo being beamed up by a UFO in Overton. 

Watch the video here.

Basingstoke Gazette: Derek Bridges, who says he filmed video footage of aliens beaming up a buffalo from Laverstoke Park

10. Last year Basingstoke mum Sam Young posted an advert on Facebook looking for a groom to accompany her at her 'fake' wedding. Find out more here.


Basingstoke Gazette: (From left) Mum Sheila Armer, Ashleigh Buckland,7, Jayden Marker,4, Sam Young, and sister Jodie Buckland who are helping her organise the event.

11. It was the love story of the year, when Basingstoke man Peter Cowans married Zita Rush after meeting face-to-face just once, having built up a relationship through Instagram. Read about their reunion here. 

Basingstoke Gazette: Peter Cowans and Zitta Rush reunited

12. A couple took the unsual approach of naming their daughter after their favourite hotel - Tylney Hall. Full story here. 

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