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UK's rarest spider 'filmed alive for first time'

This is a very rare money spider. Credit: Buglife

A new population of Britain's rarest spider has been found and captured on camera alive for the first time, experts say.

The horrid ground-weaver has only ever been found at three sites in Plymouth, Devon. But charity Buglife say a fourth population has been found on an industrial site in the Cattedown area.

The Nothophantes horridus spider has become somewhat of a local celebrity according to conservationists who say they're 'delighted' by the discovery.

Watch the spider in action below:

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The elusive spider previously caused plans for dozens of homes to be dismissed after it was decided the construction would be 'harmful' to the spider.

The horrid ground-weaver has been found in a new site in Plymouth. Credit: Buglife


  • The species is found in two old limestone quarries in the Plymouth area
  • Its total body length is just 2.5mm
  • It was first recorded in the UK in 1989


CCTV released of attempted robbery with iron bar

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at a shop in Plymouth.

This CCTV from just after 7am on Monday 1 February shows the Co-op in Poole Park Road.

The offender entered wielding an iron bar and forced the staff to the rear of the store whilst demanding money and to be shown the safe.

The staff members were very courageous and managed to usher the offender out of the store without injury.

– Devon & Cornwall Police

A potential witness dressed in a two tone blue top can clearly be seen in the CCTV footage and police are seeking to identify him as he may have vital information.


  • male
  • around 6ft tall
  • medium build
  • dressed in dark clothing - dark coat with leather jacket, hoody and balaclava
  • carrying a yellow plastic carrier bag

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference CR/6736/16.

Or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online.

Police hunting two men who robbed and assaulted a disabled man

Credit: PA

Police are hunting for two men who robbed and assaulted a 42-year-old disabled man on a Plymouth street - for just £10.

The victim, who uses a walking stick, was on Mannamead Road at 10.45pm on 28 January when he was approached by the two men - who demanded cash and then rifled through his pockets.

When he hit one of them with his stick, he was punched in the chest and knocked unconscious when he fell to the ground.

The offenders grabbed £10 from the victim’s jacket pocket before getting away.

Suspect One

  • white
  • mid 30s
  • short mousy brown hair
  • facial stubble
  • wearing a navy blue top and blue jeans.

Suspect Two

  • aged 20 to 30
  • around 5ft 4ins tall
  • a slight moustache
  • possibly bald
  • wearing a cream coloured fleece and blue jeans

This was a cowardly attack on a man with a disability for a small sum of money. The victim was left very shaken by this incident."

– Detective Constable Helen Batten

Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or email: quoting crime reference CR/6113/16.


Suspected arson attack in Yealmpton

Police were also called to the scene.

Several vehicles have been damaged after a suspected arson attack in Yealmpton near Plymouth.

Firefighters were called just after midnight on Monday 1 February to the Kitley Farm area. They found two vehicles well alight and the fire had also caused damage to other vehicles that were parked nearby.

Crews extinguished the flames - police also attended as the cause of this fire was believed to be deliberate.

Warning as bogus policemen pull over driver

Drivers are being warned to only pull over for marked police vehicles with blue lights after two men posing as officers stopped a car.

Devon and Cornwall police say the incident happened in Plymouth in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The two bogus officers stopped the vehicle claiming to be police.

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