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False widow spiders close schools.

False widow spiders close schools.

Four schools have been forced to close because infestations of false widow spiders have been discovered.

Ellen Wilkinson Primary School, Star Primary School, Lister Community School and Rokeby School in east London were closed on Wednesday after the finds.

False widows are about the size of a 50p coin and are the most dangerous spider species in the UK.

Newham Council said it was working with the schools to ensure "children can continue to receive an education".

The schools are all within a two-mile radius of each other and are being "treated and fumigated", the Local Democracy Reporting Service reports.

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