A footballer has been sidelined with injury after being bitten by Britain's most venomous spider.
Defender Steve Harris, 22, had to undergo an emergency operation after being attacked by the poisonous false black widow, the population of which has exploded after a hot summer and long, warm autumn.
Surgeons had to cut away the poison, leaving Steve, of Dawlish, Devon with an open wound and unable to play.
He will now miss several games for Elmore Football Club in Tiverton, Devon.
Steve said: "When I woke up I had a pain in my side - a stinging feeling. I didn't take that much notice until it started swelling and the pain got worse.
"I was in agony. I have never had pain like that before in my life. It’s still very painful now. I still can’t sleep properly and find it virtually impossible to get in and out of a car."
The false black widow spider, which has been known to cause amputations as a result of its poison, is the most dangerous of the twelve species of biting spider in Britain.