A man tried to escape a speeding fine by blaming it on his grandmother who lived more than 3,000 miles away and had never visited the UK.
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A 95 year old woman from Wickford in Essex has spoken about the terrifying moment she was attacked by burglars in her home.
Ricki Whitmore says the spiders started running towards him before biting his leg. Speaking to the Daily Star he said:
There was a really sharp pain and then my leg started to throb. I managed to get home, but by the time I arrived my thigh had swollen to twice its normal size.
There was a really sharp pain and then my leg started to throb.
Ricki's wife Carrie added:
He looked terrible. He was pale, sweating and his leg was killing him. Even our son's Stanley, 11 and little Ricki, two, could tell something was wrong.
A man from east London has reportedly been attacked by a venomous spider, known as a 'false widow'. Ricki Whitmore claims the creature bit him, causing his leg to swell. He ended up in hospital on an antibiotic drip. Speaking to the Daily Star he said:
I found a nest of spiders' in a school I was renovating. They were quite big, a purplish brown colour with strange markings on their back.
I'd never seen anything like it. It was quite creepy. I'd never kill a spider but I needed access to the corner so I just swept them away.
INRIX travel warn there could be delays for several hours.
- Delays 50 minutes southbound on the M11
- All trapped traffic has been released
- 40 minute delays northbound on the M11
Source: Highways Agency
– Highways Agency
Road users are advised that the southbound M11 is closed between junction 7, Harlow and junction 6, M25 following an incident earlier this afternoon.
The closure will remain in place through this evening's peak period and possibly overnight.
A trailer has overturned onto the carriageway spilling a large amount of cooking oil. The carriageway is currently being cleaned and will then need to be inspected to see if resurfacing is required.
There are severe delays on the M11 and M25 tonight after hundreds of litres of cooking oil spilled across the carriageway. A car towing a trailer is thought to have collided with the central reservation on the M11.
Collision - M11 shut s/b J7-J6, overturned vehicle, lane 3 closed n//b also Qs on M11 n/b and on M25 anticlockwise between J28/J27 M11
Speaking to ITV News, Kathleen described how she felt blood on her eye after being attacked inside her home in Essex.
A 95-year-old woman who was left with a black eye, cut head and fractured pelvis after confronting burglars inside her home in Essex says she feels afraid to go outside.
Speaking to ITV News Kathleen said: "This little one who was behind me, I happened to spot the handle of my bag down there - he ran across and he picked the bag up... I said get out, get out... I cannot go out and stand out there now and do things like I could before."
- Police are urging witnesses who may have seen a black car speeding off to come forward
- The incident happened in Alderney Gardens at 9pm on August 24
- Witnesses should call Basildon police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11