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Police Slam Woman Who Called 999 Because A 'Massive' Spider Was In Her Room

Joe Harker

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Police Slam Woman Who Called 999 Because A 'Massive' Spider Was In Her Room

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From time to time people need help getting rid of pests around the home, but one woman took things too far when she dialled 999 to ask police to get rid of a spider for her.

When you're scared of spiders it can seem like the toughest thing in the world to pull off the old trick of trapping in a glass and a piece of paper.


That's especially true when the spider decides to scurry away, or hides somewhere really tricky to reach.

You could just leave it where it is and hope it doesn't crawl all over your face in the middle of the night, but you can never be too sure.

In those cases you either have to swallow your fear and catch the spider yourself, or better yet get someone else to get rid of it.

That's exactly what one woman did, only she ended up asking the police to come round to her house and deal with a 'massive' spider that had invaded her room.

The woman started her call to the cops by acknowledging 'you're probably gonna go mad at me' but insisted she'd 'literally tried ringing everyone' already.

Fear of spiders is one of the most common phobias in the UK. Credit: Alamy
Fear of spiders is one of the most common phobias in the UK. Credit: Alamy

Calling on her 'last hope', she begged the police to come round and deal with the 'absolutely massive' spider in her home.

That's not a 999 call, that's not even enough to dial 101, and the woman was soon told that the police would not be coming round to deal with the eight legged monster.

West Yorkshire Police signed off a recording of the call posted to YouTube with the message that calling 999 for less important things like getting help with a spider could stop someone in genuine need of help from getting it.

Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias in the UK so plenty will be able to sympathise with the struggle of needing help to get rid of a spider.

The worst time of year for those who are terrified of the eight-legged creepy crawlies is 'spider season', which lasts from early September to early October.

That's when the spiders which have been enjoying the outdoor weather of the summer start to crawl indoors as the temperatures drop over the autumn.

There's also plenty of other weird reasons why people call the police, like complaining about the chips in a restaurant or finding one of Joe Lycett's jokes too offensive.

Just as a reminder, call 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies, but as far as spiders go you're on your own.

Topics: UK News

Joe Harker
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