More than one million people used our south west London and Surrey websites last month.

It is the first time the websites have reached that landmark and comes after a year of rapid growth.

Just over one million people read a total of 3.67million pages on the and its sister titles during February, looking at everything from news, sport and entertainment, to traffic and travel news, property, job and motor adverts, education, letters and a cornucopia of useful local information.

The Sutton Guardian website was viewed by 111,872 unique users in February - that is more than half the population of Sutton and an increase of 99 per cent compared to the year before.

Those users looked at 586,634 pages, a 78 per cent increase on the year before.

Group editor Sean Duggan said: "We are seeing phenomenal growth in our web audience.

"This is partly down to changes in technology, with more people now accessing our websites throughout the day and night via tablets and mobile phones than on their computers.

"Social media has overtaken search engines as the main way in which readers access our website.

"We now communicate with our Twitter and Facebook followers every day bringing us closer to our readers than ever before.

"But it is also down to our commitment to good journalism, bringing you accurate and timely news and information about your community and delivering it to you in the ways that you want.

"Whether you want to read the newspaper online, comment on an issue, check out what is on in your town, get the latest sports results or find a job or a house, our website is the place to go."

Thank you readers for taking the time to read our stories and we will continue to strive for the best possible local news and information service.

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