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Top 10 most read articles on ITV News Central in 2013

10. Dangerous scarves recalled over strangulation fears - December

Some of the hats which have been seized Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

A consumer story very recently covered by ITV News Central which made the top ten was the discovery by Nottinghamshire County Council potentially dangerous scarves were found on sale at a market which posed a strangulation risk to children.

Safety tests found that cartoon-style hats formed a "noose" which would not break under pressure.


9.English Defence League and Unite Against Facism's protests in Birmingham - July

Police on duty in Birmingham during the protests in July Credit: ITV News Central

Members of the English Defence League (EDL) held a static demonstration in Birmingham's Centenary Square in July.

Unite Against Fascism also held a counter demonstration. More than 1000 officers were on duty, and thousands logged on to find out how the protests would be affecting the city centre.


8. Wheels fly off Alton Towers Ride - May, July, November

The Smiler's first season at Alton Towers has been less than trouble free Credit: ITV News Central

Alton Towers' latest multi-million pound addition hasn't had the best first season.

The opening of the highly fan-fared record-breaking roller coaster 'The Smiler' was delayed for more than a week because of technical difficulties - then in July it was closed again after reports a bolt had fallen from the ride's structure, and again in November when wheels fell off one of its carriages at the ride's highest point.


7. Sam Bailey's fight for Christmas Number One - December

Sam Bailey with the Official Number one trophy Credit: Official Charts Company

The Midlands celebrated in December after the region got its first X Factor winner in the form of former prison officer and a mother of two from Leicester Forest East.

Sam Bailey's debut single Skyscraper got the Christmas Top spot - and one of the most read articles of the year on the ITV News Central website was to check out her competition in the her race to get there.


6. The Philpott trial over the deaths of six children in Derby house fire - May

Dwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott all died from smoke inhalation Credit: ITV News Central

One of the biggest stories of 2012 reached its conclusion this year when three people were jailed for the deaths of six children in a house fire in Derby.

Dwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott died after a fire ripped through their home in Allenton in May 2012.

Their parents Mick & Mairead Phipott, and their friend Paul Mosley, were all convicted for deliberately starting the fire in which the children died.


5. Hunt for missing mother from Nottingham - December

Elaine Harrison went missing in Nottingham on December 9. Credit: Family photo

Missing mother and grandmother Elaine Harrison has been missing since December 9, and missed Christmas with her family. The efforts to find the 59-year-old from Nottingham have been shared and viewed by thousands on our website.


4. High winds abort landings at Birmingham Airport - November/December

The wild weather towards the end of 2013 got people logging on in their droves, as people turned to ITV News Central for the very latest weather updates and warnings.

Most popular of which were planes struggling to land on the runway at Birmingham Airport during severe gales.


3. Mother finds flesh eating spider in bed - October

Donna Bradbury captured the spider Credit: Newsteam

The discovery of supposedly 'flesh eating' spiders after a mild summer in the Central region got arachnophobes' pulses racing, as thousands logged on to read about one mum from Northampton who trapped one in her bed.

Donna Bradbury managed to catch the false widow spider before it could bite. The cousin of the black widow, first came to the country 100 years ago, in crates of fruit from the Canary Islands.


2. Search for missing policeman in Derbyshire - November

Tim Frohwein went missing from his home in Buxton in November Credit: Derbyshire Police

The hunt for a missing policeman who disappeared from his home in Buxton was the second most viewed story on our website in 2013.

There was a major search operation for the former Chief Inspector of Chesterfield Tim Frohwein, who was last seen leaving the town in the direction of the High Peak. His body was found in the Goyt Valley a week after he disappeared.


1. Concerns over 'potentially lethal' poisonous dolls - January & December

Some of the potentially dangerous children's toys Credit: ITV News Central

Concerns about the potentially poisonous children's toys were first published in January after trading standards in Sandwell in the West Midlands announced it had seized some suspected toys.

But since Christmas the story has been shared tens of thousands of times on social networking sites, as it appears the toys are still widely on sale, with many parents worried they might have bought the toys for their children as Christmas gifts.