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Not so Incy wincy spiders at large.

Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE UK'S most venomous spider has been sighted in the North East - but it seems it's not the only giant creepy crawly in Tyneside homes.

After a potentially deadly false widow spider turned up in a Redcar home, we asked you to send us your giant spider photos and our postbag was soon filled with the stuff of nightmares.

And it seems that no room of the house is safe from the worrying webslingers, with huge arachnids appearing everywhere from their traditional outhouse and bathroom haunts to children's sand pits, living rooms and bedrooms. Many look bigger than the more fearsome false widows, which are no bigger than a 20p piece and have a brown bulbous abdomen with cream-coloured markings, often likened to the shape of a skull.

The species recently hit the headlines after biting Essex dad-of-three Ricki Whitmore.

The 39-year-old decorator spent weeks in hospital and reportedly faced the possibility of having his leg amputated after he was attacked by the potentially deadly false widow spider when he disturbed her nest while working a southern school.

And as cold weather sets in, more and more of the eight-legged micromonsters could be heading inside to stay warm.

Experts believe that spiders may be thriving in the UK because of a wet start to the summer followed by a heatwave.

Long-term climate change may also be to blame, leading spiders to set up home in new areas.

But some experts say many sightings of false widows could in fact be the common house spider.

False widows are distinctive for their shiny, black flesh, bulbous bodies, and thick legs - and only bite when threatened.

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Martin Baird found this spider in his kitchen

Catherine Mitchell found this spider in her bedroom

Anthony Walker, from North Shields, found this spider in the sand pit

Emma Foster from Hartley, Whitley Bay found this spider in her garage

Spider in my living room by Kayleemarie

Julie Ann Smith found this spider in her outhouse

Spider in a porch by Craig Robson from Chapel House

Spider in a hallway, by Linda Heatherington

Huge hairy-legged spider found climbing a wall by Pete Breakwell of Norton
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2013
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