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3:22pm 2nd November 2012

RNAS Culdrose has been hit by an influx of Britain's most venomous spiders.

The Helston military base is talking to pest control and Environmental Health experts after finding the noble false widow variety in its main store's warehouse.

Staff in the store are having to wear rubber gloves to protect against the creatures.

Commander Richard Blackwell is Commander Logistic Support at the base. He said: "Clearly there are some people that aren't great fans of spiders, but we have been advised these are very much non violent, and even if you did accidentally sort of disturb one and it did end up biting somebody, it's no worse than a bee sting.

"The only thing they (staff) are wearing at the moment are rubber gloves, just in case they stick their hand in a box and they did happen to come across a false window. We're conducting precuations, brushing stuff off, doing visual checks etc, and really remaining vigilant."

3:22pm 2nd November 2012

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