Venomous spider bites couple

An elderly couple from Nottinghamshire are recovering at home after being bitten by what experts are calling ‘a cousin’ of Britain’s most venomous spider, the false widow.

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Biting spider in same family as Britain's most venomous spider

Experts at Nottingham Trent University have been analysing a venomous spider that bit an elderly couple from Nottinghamshire.

Eddie and Bernice Kozlowski are now recovering from the bites. They caught the spider in their home in Gedling on Sunday.

Dr Chris Terrell-Nield, from Nottingham Trent University, has told ITV News Central the spider he has been analysing is part of the same family as the false widow - Britain's most venomous spider.

Earlier this month, a mother in Northampton escaped harm after she found a flesh-eating spiderin her bed.

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Couple describe moment they were bitten by venomous spider

An elderly couple from Nottinghamshire have described the moment they were bit by what experts are calling ‘a cousin’ of Britain’s most venomous spider, the false widow.

Eddie and Bernice Kozlowski are now recovering from the bites. They caught the spider in their home in Gedling on Sunday.

It has been sent to Nottingham Trent University for analysis by experts.

Earlier this month, a mother in Northampton escaped harm after she found a flesh-eating spider in her bed.

Gedling couple discover ‘cousin of false widow spider’

An elderly couple from Nottinghamshire are recovering at home after being bitten by what experts are calling ‘a cousin’ of Britain’s most venomous spider, the false widow.

The spider is being analysed at Nottingham Trent University Credit: ITV News Central

Eddie and Bernice Kozlowski, who lived in Australia for 18 years, managed to catch the spider in their Gedling home on Sunday before it was sent to Nottingham Trent University to be analysed by experts today.

Eddie and Bernice Kozlowski captured the spider Credit: ITV News Central

The couple have both suffered bites in the last three weeks, with Mr Kozlowski being bitten on his right arm. The two now have swelling and soreness and Mr Kozlowski says the pain after the bite was so severe he was unable to sleep.

The arachnid, believed to be a relative of the false widow (also known as steatoda bipunctata), is usually found in outbuildings but was captured by the pair down the side of their stairs.

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