Watford Observer readers searched our website for the words "St Albans Crown Court" more than any other in 2013.

The most searched for terms on the site often give the news team an idea of what stories are capturing readers attention on the site. And the annual results reveal what some of the most talked about topics in the area were. 

More people searched for updates on the Croxley Rail Link than any other news story.

2013 saw a number of key developments for £117million scheme to link the Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction station, including the appointment of a construction contractor and start of ecological work along the route.


The next most popular term was "Leavesden Studios", presumably from neighbours wondering whether the towering plume of smoke outside and gunshots were cause for concern or just a scene from a new Tom Cruise film.

South Oxhey was the most searched for area, beating Bushey and Rickmansworth. Three Rivers District Council was the most searched authority.

Vicarage Road had a strong following, most likely down to the location of the Hornets’ stadium and also TfL's decision to name one of the new Croxley Rail Link Station.