Quirker, which took funny and weird stories from across LW’s stable of regional newspapers and repackaged them for a national audience, is the first LW title to close since November’s £220m takeover of the business.
It is understood the decision to shut the operation down was taken by those previously employed under Local World, rather than incoming Trinity Mirror bosses.
All traffic to Quirker’s website is now redirected to the ‘weird news’ section of the Daily Mirror website.
Of the four journalists working on the site, one had already handed in his notice when the closure was announced and one was a contractor.
The two remaining will now work on other projects for the group.
A Trinity Mirror spokeswoman said: “The decision has been made to close Quirker as we focus on the integration and digital development of the Local World and Trinity Mirror portfolios.”
Past examples of stories featuring on Quirker include a court story, originally published in the Hull Daily Mail, about a woman jailed for six and a half years for biting off part of a 53-year-old widow’s nose in a pub brawl.
On Quirker, it was run under the headline ‘This is one person you never want to get into a bar fight with’.