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RSPCA tweets of Leeds spider find

The RSPCA has tweeted of finding a Huntsman spider in Leeds.

Huntsman Spiders are large, long-legged spiders, measuring up to 15 centimetres across the legs. They are so named because of their speed and mode of hunting - and although not aggressive, can be known to give a painful, but non-toxic bite.

Mouse alert leads to postponed operations

Mouse discovery is an 'isolated incident'

The discovery of a mouse in a day surgery unit at Hull Royal Infirmary has led to a number of operations being postponed.

A spokesman at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said pest control teams had been called in and it was hoped to re-open the unit as soon as possible.

We can confirm there has been an isolated incident within our Day Surgery Unit today where it appears a field mouse has made its way in to the department. As a result, several operations have been postponed.

As a result of the incident we contacted our local pest control service immediately. The team are currently on site working hard to ensure any disruption is minimal and we are aiming to reopen the unit as soon as possible.

– Spokesman for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Birds of prey could be answer to seagull problem

Gulls 'swooping' on locals and visitors alike Credit: PA

Birds of prey may be brought in to try and scare off seagulls from parts of Scarborough and Whitby after mounting complaints that the gulls are a menace.

The introduction of Harris hawks and falcons to deter the seabirds is the latest idea by civic leaders in the towns after dozens of reports that gulls have swooped on locals and visitors alike.

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