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VIDEO: Reporter meets False Black Widow Spider kept as pet in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 25, 2013

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Lincolnshire Echo journalist, Alex Colman, will meet the man who has kept a False Black Widow spider as a pet, today.

Owner of a local pest control business, Trevor Brighton was called to a job and identified the insect as a False Widow, but amazingly he decided to take the spider home to keep as a pet.

Mr Brighton who runs Lincspest Ltd, says he is getting three to four calls a day from panicked residents petrified of the creepy crawlies.

He said: “We have seen it escalate this week from nothing to three or four calls a day.

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“We’ve been living with them for years. Like anything, it is awareness.”

“Unless nature gets rid of them with an incredibly cold winter which kills things off, we have got to learn to live with them.”

Echo journalist, Alex Colman will be going to see the first False Black Widow spider reportedly captured in Lincolnshire, at midday today.

Echo reporter Alex Colman with the spider

The spider

Follow live updates via the blog below with video and pictures of the insect.

Get involved with the coverage through the comments section or on Twitter via #LincsWidow

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Here's the video of when Alex met Harry- the False Black Widow spider

Watch a video of the spider here

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  • Pete67  |  October 25 2013, 3:56PM

    AlexColman - - - Enjoyed the video Harry was quite a large one. I think I'd still rather have something like harry about though than a wasp. Harry wouldn't be able to outrun me, but wasps are a bit different ( I've been stung more than once by wasps for no apparent reason). At least it's been interesting for someone to take a bit of time to get a few facts as opposed to the tabloids approach of never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

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  • AlexColman  |  October 25 2013, 3:24PM

    Hi Pete, you're quite correct and Mr Brighton explained how it is similar to a wasp in the sense if you leave it to its business it won't bother you but if you pick it up and irritate it that's a different story and you might get a bite. When we heard someone had captured a False Widow we thought it would be a great opportunity to go and see one for ourselves. Have a look at the video we've now added.

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  • StephenGash  |  October 25 2013, 1:42PM

    It should be named the Magnificent Seven as it appears to have only seven legs.

  • Pete67  |  October 25 2013, 9:04AM

    Alex you may be slightly disappointed, as it's not likely to be the 'big bad monster' that the tabloids are making it out to be. Put it this way I'd rather meet one of them than an angry wasp.

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