False widow spider found in Bourne

A false widow spider that was found in Coggles Causeway, Bourne
A false widow spider that was found in Coggles Causeway, Bourne
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A false widow spider has been spotted in Bourne.

Charlotte Kilbon and her partner David Kent found the creature in an alley near their home in Coggles Causeway.

The spider has caused a stir in the national media in recent weeks so Charlotte contacted a Facebook page called False Widows UK, where an expert on arachnids confirmed the discovery.

Charlotte said: “Everyone says they have nasty bites but the guy who identified the spider we found said they don’t really harm you unless you startle them.

“We just moved it out of the alleyway.”

According to the Natural History Museum, false widow spiders came to the UK in the late 19th century, likely in ship cargo from the Canary Islands or Madeira.

No-one has ever died of a spider bite in the UK and the museum’s identification and advisory service hears of about 10 cases of spider bites each year.

Have you spotted a false widow? If so, e-mail the newsdesk at smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk