Britain's biggest spider patrols Kent garden

The beast is stalking a garden at Whitstable in Kent Credit: Matthew Field/Kent Online

An eight-legged beast - reported to be Britain's biggest spider - has been found in a back garden in Kent

Whitstable DJ Matthew Field was astonished to see the spider.

Wildlife experts have identified it as a Segestria Florentina - also known as the tube web spider. It preys on the feared False Widow and is the largest species found in the UK - up to five inches in diameter.

"It startled me," Mr Field said. "It definitely wasn't happy to be disturbed."

The spiders are not considered dangerous - although they can bite.