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Pensioner finds a live poisonous SCORPION in Aldi bananas

A PENSIONER was left shocked after finding a venomous live SCORPION in a bag of bananas. Linda Pollard, 67, picked up the pre-packed fruit from her local Aldi store before leaving it unopened in th…

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A PENSIONER was left shocked after finding a venomous live SCORPION in a bag of bananas.

Linda Pollard, 67, picked up the pre-packed fruit from her local Aldi store before leaving it unopened in the kitchen.

 Pensioner Linda Pollard was left shocked after finding a killer scorpion inside her bag of Aldi bananasPaul Tonge – The Sun Pensioner Linda Pollard was left shocked after finding a killer scorpion inside her bag of Aldi bananas

The next day her postman son Andrew, 40, tore open the package when he got up for work at 5am and took one of the five bananas to eat on his round.

Later Linda decided to put the remaining bananas in a fruit dish but screamed in horror as – what she thought – was a giant spider dropped out onto the work top.

But as the critter three inch long critter scuttled behind the kettle stunned Linda noticed its distinctive curved tail and realised it was a scorpion.

She trapped the creepy crawlie under glass and called the local RSCPA who came out to collect it.

 The 67-year-old managed to trap the scorpion under a glass before calling the RSPCAPaul Tonge – The Sun The 67-year-old managed to trap the scorpion under a glass before calling the RSPCA Paul Tonge – The Sun

They identified it as a Slenderbrown scorpion which are common in Belize, Central America where the bananas had come from.

They are classed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 as poisonous with a sting like a bee that can cause pain, redness and swelling.

And in rare cases heart attacks, hypertension or even death.

Linda, from Leicester, who bought the bananas in the local Woodgate store said:"I first thought it was a big spider.

 The 67-year-old was handed a £10 voucher as a token of goodwillPaul Tonge – The Sun The 67-year-old was handed a £10 voucher as a token of goodwill  Linda said at first she thought it was a big spider before becoming 'sick and terrified' at the realisationPaul Tonge – The Sun Linda said at first she thought it was a big spider before becoming 'sick and terrified' at the realisation

"But then it scurried along my kitchen work top and I could clearly see its curled tail and knew instantly it was a scorpion.

"I'm scared of spiders, so to see a scorpion was awful. I felt sick and terrified.

"My little grandson, Frazer, was staying over and I wanted to keep him safe so I grabbed a glass tumbler from the cupboard and trapped the scorpion under it.

"I had no idea if it was poisonous so I shut the kitchen door and told Frazer he mustn't go in there.

He's only five and I was frightened what a scorpion bite or sting might do to him.

"When Andy came back from work I showed him the scorpion and told him it had dropped out from the bananas.

 The chain dubbed the incident 'very rare' but before offering the £10 store voucherPaul Tonge – The Sun The chain dubbed the incident 'very rare' but before offering the £10 store voucher  The retired health worker said she now gives her duvet a good shake before going to bed amid fears there could be another roaming around the housePaul Tonge – The Sun The retired health worker said she now gives her duvet a good shake before going to bed amid fears there could be another roaming around the house

"His reaction was that it could easily have stung him when he grabbed one of the bananas before he left for work."

Linda, a divorcee, called the RSPCA who arrived the same day to take it away.

The retired health worker added:" Aldi were very good. They were sympathetic and very concerned that a scorpion had come from one of their stores. They wanted to know what was written on the packaging and I told them it said the bananas were from Belize.

 Linda said she was scared her grandson would be stung by the poisonous critterPaul Tonge – The Sun Linda said she was scared her grandson would be stung by the poisonous critter

"Within three days of me talking to Aldi they had sent me a letter with a £10 pound gift voucher as a goodwill gesture and apologising about what had happened.

"Supermarkets ship millions of bananas to this country from abroad every year so it's not surprising that creatures like this sometimes manage to hitch a ride.

"But I've been thinking the scorpion wasn't alone and another one is roaming round the house. Before I go to sleep I still look under the pillow and the bed and give the quilt a good shake."

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Body of Brit who went missing on brother’s stag do found in Hamburg river

THE body of a Brit who went missing on brother’s stag has been found. Liam Colgan, 29, went missing in February, with fears for his safety. The Mirror reported that according to charity Lucie…

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Liam Colgan, 29, went missing in February, with fears for his safety.

The Mirror reported that according to charity Lucie Blackman Trust, his body was hauled out of the River Elbe this morning.

 

 

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