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Brothers find snake on their mantlepiece!

Byline: BEN SCHOFIELD

TWO brothers had a sleepless night after spotting a snake on the loose in their living room.

Younger sibling MatthewAinsworth, 25, called the police and the RSPCA after spotting the orange and black reptile slither off his mantelpiece yesterday afternoon. But it soon slipped off under the TV and hasn't been seen since.

The news struck terror into Matthew's brother Dave, who is petrified of snakes. The pair spent hours hunting for it in their home on Moore Street, Bootle, and went to bed with all the lights and the TV on.

They were told it was a harmless corn snake - but feared it may be a more dangerous breed.

Dave, 32, told the ECHO: "When I got home I didn't go in at all. I just stood on the doorstep for an hour and a half. I hate them. My sister had called me on my way home and said 'you might not want to come back'. She said 'Matthew has just seen a snake and it's crawled under the TV'. I hadn't seen it, I was imagining the worst.

"He said it was a foot and a half long and it was as thick as your finger."

Mr Ainsworth, who works for Her Majesty'sRevenue and Customs in Bootle's Triad building, added: "The RSPCA man just said it could have gone into the woodwork."

Matthew Ainsworth, who works as a chef in Southport, told the ECHO: "I was sitting watching the telly. I just heard a thud or something hitting the floor. I looked over and it was an orange and black snake curled up.

"I got up to have a better look at it and it crawled under the telly. I spent four hours trying to get someone out to get it.

"Not knowing what kind of snake it was I wasn''t too keen to go near it. It''s not pleasant when a random snake falls off your mantle piece."

The brothers would like to hear from anyone who has lost an orange and black snake matching the description.

SNAKES ON THE LOOSE REPTILES on the loose are nothing new in Bootle.

In 2005, a woman was driving through the town when a four-foot snake slithered up from under the bonnet of her car. The woman drove into the town's fire station where a fireman threw it in the bin.

In 2006 Merseyside Police's helicopter was used to rush anti-venom serum from the Royal Hospital to Glamorgan after a man was bitten by his own potentially lethal Green Mamba snake.

In 2008 Birkenhead comedian and creator of Lily Savage, Paul O'Grady, was attacked by a two foot adder at home in Kent.

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LIVING IN FEAR: Matthew Ainsworth from Moore Street, Bootle, who is sharing his home with a snake
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