False widow gives boy red raw wound

A boy is bitten in his sleep by one of Britain’s most venomous spiders, which are migrating north and leaving victims in agony.

A schoolboy who was bitten by Britain’s most venomous spider has said the creature left him with a ‘red raw’ wound and a ‘burning sensation’ in his arm.

The spiders are on the march in Britain, migrating from Southern England, where they are most commonly found, to counties further north.

The bites are the latest to involve the false widow, or Steatoda nobilis, which is thought to have arrived in Britain from the Canary Islands more than 100 years ago.

The false widow can cause serious allergic reactions but is less venomous than its more famous cousin, the black widow.

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