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Black widows found in Norfolk

The black widow spider may been brought over from Texas Photo: Abate Pest Management

One of the world's most venemous types of spider has been found in Norfolk.

A female black widow was discovered at a business near Great Yarmouth. Staff there managed to trap the spider in a glass, until pest control teams arrived to remove it and quickly realised that it was a black widow.

As well as the spider they found a small cocoon, which produced about a hundred black widow spiderlings just hours later.

The cocoon and black widow spiderlings Credit: Abate Pest Management

The local James Paget Hospital at Gorleston was informed, as well as The Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. It is thought that the female spider hitched a ride on a container from Texas.

Abate Pest Management, who dealt with the spiders, said it had been an unusual call-out.

"Black Widows are very notorious spiders identified by the coloured, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens...

"We have been called out for snakes, scorpions and spiders before but never in the past 24 years for one of these deadly creatures.”

– Jon Blake. Director, Abate Pest Management