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Poisonous spiders crawling their way to Tunbridge Wells

By This is Kent  |  Posted: October 03, 2009

Wolff Williams with one of the spiders outside his home in Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday PV2909095/185

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Wolff Williams is battling an infestation – of what looks like deadly black widow spiders.

The Tunbridge Wells musician's Church Road home has at least 10 false widow spiders living outside – which are thankfully distinctly less poisonous than their notorious cousins.

Mr Williams, 32, said: "They're definitely on the increase. Last summer I only had one.

A succession of mild winters has given the spiders perfect living and breeding conditions and they have slowly been conquering the country, marching along the south east coast and further north.

For full story see this week's Tunbridge Wells Courier.

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    barry, medway  |  October 06 2009, 5:48PM

    if indeed ya had seen a hedge hog that looked like a scorpion yes of course thats news but at least have a photo for us all to enjoy as for spiders why shouldnt it be in the paper??? nice to see something light hearted instead of doom and gloom, but hey given your response you seem to only enjoy news that makes people sad. nothing wrong with reports of spiders etc beings such things to affect are food chain and eco system..............

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    The Widow, westerham  |  October 05 2009, 9:47PM

    what a ridiculous load of tripe. why are you wasting time with this piece of made-up revelation? I saw a hedgehog in my garden the other day that looked like a deadly scorpion - does that count as NEWS? There is actually some real news in the county worth investigating, and I would really love to read about it!