Officers' mess reopens following spider scare

A bar and an officers' mess at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk have re-opened after a scare over deadly black widow spiders.

A female black widow spider Credit: PA/Alex Brandon

Two spiders were captured in the bar yesterday and the area was sealed off and fumigated.

A colony of black widows was reportedly found on the base last month in a crate flown in from California.

The two arachnids found yesterday were later found not to be black widows, whose bite can be fatal.

They were reportedly confined to one hanger while a pest control agency was drafted in. Prince Harry is normally based at Wattisham but is currently serving in Afghanistan.

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