Spiders cause school closure

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

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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.

Read: False widow spider eats leg

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