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50,000 spiders head to Coventry later this month

A chilean rose tarantula Credit: Ben Molyneux/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

More than 50,000 spiders are being brought to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry by the British Tarantula Society later this month.

The event - which is said to be the 'Crufts' of the spider world, will take place on May 18.

Guests from across the world are expected to attend.

Spider-related items, such as tarantulas and equipment, will be on sale.

A tarantula being counted Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ray Hale, vice chairman of the British Tarantula Society, said: “To be honest, it would be impossible to count how many spiders are on display but I think 50,000 is a conservative estimate."

“Visitors will be able buy a variety of arachnids, scorpions, stick insects, beetles and other insects throughout the day, meet other enthusiasts and seek advice from experts on the best way to look after their new pets.”

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry will hold the event Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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'Further false widow spiders identified' this afternoon

The Dean Academy in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, has identified a number of false widow spiders in the school's computer block, as well as other areas.

A letter to parents on the school's website confirmed that the school would be closed tomorrow.

Vice principal Craig Burns said the academy had taken immediate pest control advice on discovery of the spiders. The letter posted online today read:

We have identified an issue with false widow spiders in the academy in our ICT block and therefore took immediate advice from pest control.

We therefore made the decision to close the ICT block for the whole of today so that pest control could fumigate the area.

Unfortunately, during this afternoon there have been further false widow spiders identified in other areas of the academy.

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False widow spiders cause school closure

The false widow spider resembles the black widow spider seen here in this picture Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

The Dean Academy in Gloucestershire will be closed all day tomorrow, following an outbreak of false widow spiders.

The Academy said it had taken advice from the Health and Safety unit at Gloucestershire Local Authority and C & D Pest Control, Chepstow, to close the school.

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.

Footage of 'false widow' spider eating a mealworm

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.

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