Review of the Year 2013: October to December

This Is Local London: Ben Butler was arrested in connection with the death of his daughter Ellie Ben Butler was arrested in connection with the death of his daughter Ellie


  • Dozens of the UK's most venomous spider were spotted in Sutton during an outbreak of the creepy-crawlies.The spider, which features distinctive markings on its abdomen in the shape of a skull, has a bite that may cause a burning sensation and possibly swelling. Two people were hospitalised after receiving bites.

This Is Local London: A noble false widow spider like the one believed to have bitten Christine McCullins

A false widow spider

  • Sutton Hospital lost a filing cabinet containing vulnerable patients' confidential details in a major security breach, it emerged. MP Tom Brake demanded Epsom and St Helier Hospital trust keep a tighter control of patient records, after the documents containing data on 63 patients disappeared along with a filing cabinet last year. <

  • A father was questioned by police in connection with the unexplained death of his six-year-old daughter. Ben Butler, 33, was bailed until the new year as police investigate the death of his daughter, Ellie, from head injuries at their home in Westover Close on the Shanklin Estate on Monday, October 28.


This Is Local London: Mr Elliott and his giant cheque

Ron Elliott celebrating his huge £7.9m win on the National Lottery


This Is Local London: Sir Jimmy Savile received a commemorative badge from Gordon Brown

Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust are investigating if abuse involving Jimmy Saville could have taken place at Queen Mary's Hospital for Children

  • Robbers tied up the manager of the Fox and Hounds in Carshalton and held him at gunpoint as they stole thousands of pounds from the family pub.Three masked men are still being hunted by police after they robbed the pub in broad daylight brandishing a silver handgun

  • A lonely pensioner who spent Christmas alone for nine years was inundated with cards after his plea for company captured the hearts of people all over the world. James Gray, 85, from Sutton, spent Christmas Day with new friends after news of his plight spread after he took out in an Irish Post saying he was looking for people to spend December 25 with at the Holiday Inn, Sutton.


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