PEOPLE have been urged to be extra vigilant following a potential sighting of the UK’s most poisonous spider in Burton.
Rebecca Dunn posted a picture of a false widow spider on Facebook after spotting the potentially deadly insect outside Bridge Surgery, in St Peter’s Street, Stapenhill.
Investigations by the Mail at the scene showed several webs lining gates at the entrance to the surgery, but the spider was perhaps sheltering from the rain.
However, it has now been confirmed by the Mail, by spider expert Craig Slawson, that the spider was not a false widow but that of a window spider.
The creature’s venom is poisonous and will eat through flesh if a bite is left untreated. The false widow first arrived in Britain around 100 years ago in crates of fruit from the Canaries.
They have a dark, shiny body with pale markings and cream band on their abdomen, and are usually found in outbuildings.
Recent incidents have seen an amateur footballer in Devon struck down following a bite last week.