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There have been a number of media reports of people reacting badly to false widow spider bites. Here's how to recognise them and what to do
A mother in Northampton has escaped harm after she found a flesh-eating spider in her bed.
A number of videos on YouTube appear to show the 'false widow' spider in action.
It was revealed today a mother in Northampton has escaped harm after she found a flesh-eating spider in her bed.
Donna Bradbury, who suffers from arachnophobia, spotted the poisonous false widow spider on her pillow, but managed to jump out of bed before being bitten.
- The spiders are usually coloured purple and black
- They feast on insects and sometimes other spiders
- Female 'false widows' lay up to 120 eggs at a time
One of the few spiders capable of biting humans, the false black widow, is "becoming more common and more widespread," according to an expert at the Natural History Museum.
John Tweddle of the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity said that "populations have rapidly spread" and they are now found in many parts of southern England.
He said the spread of the species - which is related to the infamous black widow but is far less venomous - is at least partly a response to a changing climate.
One builder from Essex, who reportedly disturbed a nest of false widows at a school, had to have his leg sliced open and the venom flushed out, the Daily Mail reports.
The Devon-based footballer Steve Harris also had to have an emergency operation to remove the poison after he was reportedly bitten on his side.
Schoolgirls across the Midlands will take part in one of the biggest charity walks ever attempted today.
Girls in Birmingham and Northampton will join others across the country for the World Wide Walk, organised to coincide with International Day of the Girl today.
King Edward VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and Northampton High School are among those taking part.
The event will raise money for global children's charity Plan UK's Because I am a Girl campaign, which helps to educate some of the world's poorest girls.
Northampton General Hospital have spoken of their sorrow after the Northamptonshire Senior Coroner criticised the trust for its treatment of a man who died while waiting for an operation.
Mike Martin suffered a fatal haemorrhage as he waited to undergo surgery.
– Spokesperson, Northampton General Hospital
"We express our sincere condolences to Mrs Martin and her family and are deeply sorry for their loss. We acknowledge there was a failure to provide Mr Martin with the pain relief he needed and to assess him more promptly.
Following Mr Martin's death the Trust undertook a detailed internal investigation as well as seeking additional advice from an independent expert. We also met with Mrs Martin and her family to share the findings."
The Northamptonshire Senior Coroner has criticised Northampton General Hospital for its treatment of a man who died while waiting for an operation.
63-year-old Mike Martin's family say he arrived at Accident and Emergency in agony but didn't see a doctor for five and a half hours.
At the inquest into his death, Coroner Anne Pember called the delay "unacceptable" and said the lost opportunity to treat Mr Martin could have increased his chance of survival.
– Anne Pember, Northamptonshire Senior Coroner
"Due to unacceptable delays before he was seen by a Doctor and a subsequent delay in obtaining a bariatric operating table there was a failure to treat him.
This represented a lost opportunity to treat him which could have increased his chance of survival."
Extra postal workers are being recruited across the Midlands in time for the busy Christmas period.
Four thousand jobs across ten temporary parcel sorting centres around the country, including Tamworth, Peterborough and Northampton, will form part of the 21,000 seasonal workers needed.
Mark Higson from Royal Mail said: "Christmas is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail and our customers.
"Royal Mail has invested in ten temporary parcel sort centres to increase our scale and improve our flexibility during this important time of year for our customers."
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A £36,000 computer-generated 3D map of Leicester will be commissioned to help visualise major planning developments before they are built, the Leicester Mercury has reported.
The newspaper said the project has been sanctioned by city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, who said the map could be used to attract investment.
Other towns and cities in the region which already have 3D virtual maps include Northampton and Birmingham.