Spiders, a model and inappropriate bus behaviour: Sutton Guardian's most read stories of 2013

Sutton Guardian: Spiders and crime stories dominated our most read stories list Spiders and crime stories dominated our most read stories list

The popularity of the Sutton Guardian's website has continued to grow this year with more and more readers clicking on each story. But which stories have been the most clicked-on of the year?

Here's the top 10:

10. Man hit by train in Sutton has life threatening injuries.

This sad story shows the popularity of breaking news on the website. The man in question was hurt by a train arriving into Sutton station. Not only was there concern for the man's health, but the incident caused severe disruption for travellers.

9. Can you spot the real false widow spider

We were sent hundreds of pictures of spiders after Sutton's false widow outbreak - although many of the pictures people sent were of different species. This piece challenges people to spot the real false widows.

Sutton Guardian: False widow spider

Real or fake false widow?

8. Police increase patrols after suspect man follows girl in Beddington

Police were forced to increase patrols after a man followed a girl down an alley in Beddington.

7. From homeless girl to cover star

Wallington's own Lauren Lambert won Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model despite having been made homeless when she was in her teens. Her win got her a top modelling contract and a place on the front cover of a popular magazine

Sutton Guardian: Lauren Lambert said winning the show doesn't seem real

Lauren Lambert on the front of Company magazine

6. Father arrested after death of six-year-old named as Ellie Butler

Father Ben Butler was arrested in connection with the death of his daughter Ellie Butler. He remains on bail as police continue their investigation.

Sutton Guardian: Ben and Ellie Butler

Dad Ben Butler is on bail

5. Two people in hospital after false widow spider bites

Spiders are a running theme in this year's top 10. Two people were hospitalised after bites from the UK's most poisonous spider.

4. Pervert caught masturbating on Sutton bus

A teenage girl caught a man staring at her while masturbating on the 151 bus. She had the speed of thought to take a picture of the man which she sent to police and the Sutton Guardian. In the end the publicity helped catch Morden man James Gathercole who admitted the offence and was jailed for four months. This was our most shared story on Twitter.

Sutton Guardian: Morden man James Gathercole admits masturbating to teenager on Sutton bus

James Gathercole was caught in the act

3. Toxic false widows spotted in nursery

One of the first reported false widow outbreaks was in North Cheam nursery kidsunlimited

2. Police release image of child suspect 

As police released this image of a man suspected of the attempted abduction of a girl in Beddington, thousands of readers shared and viewed it.

1. Police on high alert after attempted abduction in alleyway

When we broke the news that a man had tried to abduct a girl in an alley in Beddington thousands of concerned members of the public read and shared the story making it our most read story of the year. This was also our most shared story on Facebook.


And finally... thank you!

The entire team at the Sutton Guardian would like to thank all those who read and commented on our articles this year.

We hope that you find our news, sport, leisure and local information service useful and entertaining and we will continue to provide the highest possible standards of reporting for our area in 2014 and beyond.

And have a happy festive season with best wishes for the New Year.

As always, if you have a story to tell, opinion to voice, or have a query, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8722 6355 or email newsdesk@suttonguardian.co.uk.




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