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Police called to man attacking his wife - only to find screams and threats of murder were directed at huge spider

Neighbours who heard a woman screaming as a man threatened murder frantically called police to what they thought was a violent domestic abuse situation about to end badly.

Several police cars arrived at the address in Sydney, Australia, ready to arrest the culprit. But when they got there, all they found was a (rather sheepish) man - who revealed the commotion had been him trying to chase down a spider.

Police did not reveal what kind of spider the man had been battling. Credit: Reuters

Officers in the Wollstonecroft area got a number of emergency calls at 2am on November 21, reporting that a woman was screaming hysterically while a man yelled: "I'm going to kill you, you're dead! Die, die!".

They also said they heard the sound of furniture being thrown around.

When police arrived and banged on the door, they said, the man answered "out of breath and rather flushed".

"Where's your wife?" an officer asked.

The man replied that he did not have a wife, nor a girlfriend.

"We had a report of a domestic and a women screaming, where is she?" The officer pressed.

"I don't know what you're talking about, I live alone," the man insisted.

"People clearly heard you yelling you were going to kill her and furniture getting thrown around the unit," the officer told him.

"Come on mate, what have you done to her?"

At this point, police said, the man became "very sheepish", and confessed: "It was a spider. A really big one."

"What about the woman screaming?"

"Yeah, sorry, that was me," the man admitted. "I really, really hate spiders."

The disturbance had been down to the resident hunting down a rather large spider with a can of Mortein insect spray.

In a post on Facebook, New South Wales Police Force said that - after some laughter - officers checked the property to ensure there were no injured parties, aside from the spider, and left.

Police did not reveal what kind of spider the man had been battling.