An arachnophobic from Leighton Buzzard came face to face with one of Britain’s most poisonous spiders while out in his garden last night.
Grant Mcconnell, of Steppingstone Place, claims he saw the False Widow, a spider whose bite can produce symptoms such as a nasty swelling, palpitations or fever.
The 28-year-old, who has suffered from an intense fear of spiders for the past decade, said: “Last night I was playing Xbox and stepped out into the garden to have cigarette when I saw a silhouette in the patio window.
“I got curious about it so I had a closer look because it didn’t look like the average house spider.
“To be honest I completely panicked and just chucked it over the fence.
“When it happened I had a massive hot flush and felt like I was going to pass out; I have actually passed out in the past because of my fear.”
The species has reportedly been seen on more than 50 occasions in areas in London and Kent over the last month.
Grant describes the spider he saw as having brown legs like needles with a large back that has white markings representing that of a skull.
Grant added: “I deserve a medal for going near it to throw it over the fence!”
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