There have been several reports of people being bitten by false widow spiders. Here's how to recognise them and what to do if they bite.
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Tara Quigley says she still does not know the motive behind the attack and still suffers "horrible pain". Appearing on ITV1's Daybreak, she said of her attacker:
Some days I hate him, but the majority of the time I feel quite sorry for him, because I feel he is a child who is not capable of making an adult decision, even though he thought he did, he can't.
I was at home with my family. A young man knocked at my front door, asked me if my name was Michelle, to which I told him my name was Tara, so he left, quite abruptly. He came back about five minutes later and knocked again - as soon as I opened my front door, he just threw the acid at me.
A teenager is due to be sentenced today throwing acid at a woman on her doorstep in Essex. 26-year-old Tara Quigley suffered horrific injuries to her face and body and still has to have surgery.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of throwing corrosive fluid on a person, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
A teenager who admitted throwing acid at a woman on her doorstep is due to be sentenced later today.
Mum-of-two Tara Quigley was badly scarred when acid was thrown in her face after she answered her front door in Romford, North East London, on April 30.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to a charge of throwing corrosive fluid on a person with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
- The spiders are usually coloured purple and black spiders
- They feast on insects and sometimes other spiders
- Female 'false widows' lay up to 120 eggs at a time
A number of videos on YouTube appear to show the 'false widow' spider in action.
– Ricki Whitmore
I can't work, I'm living away from my family - and all because of a spider bite. I'm just lucky to still have my leg - but we won't be going on holiday to the Canaries this year!
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.
An acid attack victim has told ITV's Daybreak that it remains a mystery why a 15-year-old boy carried out the assault.
Tara Quigley, 28, said she answered the door to the teenager, a stranger, who asked to speak to "Michelle" just before 9pm on April 30.
She said: "I was at home with my family. A young man knocked at my front door, asked me if my name was Michelle, to which I told him my name was Tara, so he left, quite abruptly. He came back about five minutes later and knocked again - as soon as I opened my front door, he threw the acid at me."
The 28-year-old managed to shut the door after the attack and rinse her face with water while an ambulance was called.
The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge ofthrowing corrosive fluid on a person with intent to do grievous bodily harm and is due to be sentenced on Friday, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.