Here are the 10 oddest moments in Northampton in 2018...and one of our all time favourite memorable photos

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Friday, 21st December 2018, 10:08 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:34 am
Oddest moment of 2018

Looking back through our online coverage of 2018 there have been plenty of highs and lows. We've picked out ten of the oddest moments (and there were plenty to choose from) this year. Plus we reveal one of our all-time favourite odd moments. In no particular order....

Firefighters who raced to a suspected house blaze in Daventry were stunned to find a parrot impersonating a smoke alarm in November. The 17-year-old bird, Jazz, had sparked panic with his perfect impression of the smoke alarm.
We looked on in horror as footage emerged of three young boys being pulled out of a drain after getting lost in the town's sewer network in July after a three-hour rescue operation. Luckily they were found safe and well.

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Robbers stormed into Starbucks at the St James Retail Park in Towcester Road at 5am one August morning...unaware armed police were in drive-thru ordering coffee. One man was arrested following a chase.
Shocking video footage emerged in February via IdiotUKDriversExposed of a reckless driver taking a horse for a walk along the A43 in Northants. The horse could be seen trotting alongside the car being pulled by a rope.
Hardman Ross Kemp aka 'Grant Mitchell' from Eastenders was spotted in Northampton in October. On Twitter, police said he was working with them on an exciting new project coming soon.
Workmen painted double yellow lines straight over litter on a Northampton road rather than sweep it up. Drinks cans, cigarette packets and wet wipes were stuck in place in Earl Street.
Conservative county councillor Jason Smithers was sanctioned in September for two tweets criticising Tory leadership - including one where he said a cabinet member was as much use as a condom with a hole in it
Nine fresh-water turtles, spotted by joggers by a Blisworth canal, had to be put down by the RSPCA. Each reptile was the size of a dinner plate and were up to 30 years old. Terrapins are listed as an "invasive, non-native species"
A Northampton couple put their 600k house up for raffle. Tickets cost just 5. Months later it was announced that ticket sales had fallen short and the winner would be given a cash prize of 35,000, alongside a donation to charity.
In June Northampton was officially been named as the second best place for an alternative night out. We published the facts and there was a huge backlash from readers on social media.
And one of our all time odd moments was in January 2017 when a Northampton thief was caught on camera with a 7ft venetian blind poking out of his trousers that he's stolen from Dunelm.