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Weekend Picks: Spider Exhibition

British Tarantula Society 31st Annual Exhibition: Sun 22nd May (Meridienne Exhibitions Ltd, Royal Leamington Spa)

Monocentopus balfori was the best in show winner last year. Credit: Peter Kirk

More than 50,000 spiders are heading to Warwickshire this weekend for an event likened to ‘The Crufts of The Spider World'.

The British Tarantula Society (BTS) is staging its 31st annual exhibition, which will attract visitors from as far away as America, Asia and Europe. Visitors will be able to see and buy a variety of arachnids, scorpions, stick insects, beetles and other insects throughout the day.

Society members will be able to submit their prized spiders for a series of awards including 'Best Brachypelma Species', 'Best New World Terrestrial' and 'Best Scorpion'.

“We are expecting around 70 exhibitors selling spider-related items ranging from tarantulas and equipment to books, jewellery and T-shirts.

There will also be all sorts of bugs and creepy crawlies for the visitor to see. There’s even a guy who makes bug sculptures with a chainsaw.”

– Ray Hale, Vice Chairman of the British Tarantula Society

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Police appeal for help to find missing Leamington Spa man

Warwickshire Police are appealing for help to find a 24-year-old man who has gone missing from Leamington Spa.

Jaigkai Lin Credit: Warwickshire Police

Jaigkai Lin was last seen on 26 April shortly after 1pm on Bath Street in Leamington, heading in the direction of the railway station.

He is described as 5'9" tall, of slim build with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a green parka-style coat with a white fur trimmed hood, dark jeans and dark trainers.

It is thought that he may have travelled to the Dover area.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Jaigkai's welfare. We would urge anyone with any information to contact Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident reference number 322 of Tuesday 26 April.

– Sgt Christopher Pitt


Police appeal for 30-year-old man missing since Thursday

Warwickshire Police have appealed for help in their search for a 30-year-old man missing since Thursday.

Damien Ward Credit: Warwickshire Police

Damien Ward was last seen leaving his mother's house on Springwell Road in Leamington Spa on Thursday morning.

He is 6ft tall with short brown hair and stubble. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a grey hoody and a 'Superdry' brown coat.

This is out of character for Damien and we are very keen to speak to anyone who has seen him or may know of his whereabouts.

At the moment we think he may still be Leamington and Warwick area so I would urge local residents to keep a look out for him and report any sightings.

– Sergeant Colin Matthews

Anyone with information that could help with the police inquiry is urged to call 101 and quote incident 202 of 16th April 2016.

Police renew appeal to find missing Navi Uppal

Navi Uppal was last seen on the February 14

42-year-old Sakhminder Uppal, was last seen two months ago at his home address in Freshwater Grove in Leamington Spa.

Navi was picked up by a taxi from his home address and dropped near Victoria Park on Sunday 14 February at approximately 10pm.

He is 5ft 8ins tall and of athletic build with short black hair. When he left home he was clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a bright blue jumper, a white t-shirt and tan coloured ankle boots.

His family have said that they "miss him terribly."

Navi is a much loved son and brother and we miss him terribly. We would appeal to anyone who may have any information about his whereabouts; if you have seen him please get in touch with police. No matter how insignificant you may think it is, any information is valuable. "Navi, if you see this, please get in touch, we just want to know you are safe. We all miss you and we love you."

– Navi Uppal's family


Hundreds of jobs under threat after Caparo collapse

Hundreds of people may have lost their jobs this evening after the collapse of the steel company Caparo.

It has factories in the Black Country and in Leamington Spa.

Eighteen hundred people work for the group but the administrators are cautious over how many of these jobs might go.

Our Business Correspondent, Mark Gough, reports:

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