The year 2012 will be remembered by many for the Olympics, Paralympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

But the most read stories on tell a different story.

A Dad committing suicide after having his housing benefit cut was the most read story online, with 6,363 of you wanting to find out about Richard Sanderson.

Mr Sanderson, of Augustus Road, Southfields, stabbed himself twice in the heart after his benefits were about to be cut.

The next most popular story was the shocking incident of a man being decapitated after being run over by a lorry in Upper Tooting Road. Read the full story

One Direction star, Niall Horan, being attacked by a squirrel in Battersea Park also made the top five. Read the full story here

Richard Sanderson's inquest was the most Tweeted story and gained the most likes on Facebook. Read the full story

A video of thieves making off with £3,000 worth of plumbers' in Elsenham Street, Southfields, was the most commented story. Read the full story

A priest caught sexually abusing a woman was the most emailed story. Read the full story