Apologies for the poor quality of the picture, I took it with my phone to rib my friend it was a false widow when I was sure it was not. The hysteria inducing witch hunt in the papers recently is driving me mad! Poor spiders, they had enough to deal with before all this happened.
I not bothered what he is, he’ll always have a place in my house. It would be nice to know, though.
Well, I think you're right about it not being a false widow but I'm not sure what it is - it's not easy identifying spiders from side views. Maybe a garden cross spider, Araneus diadematus - but can you get a shot from above?