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"Dangerous" scorpion found in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 13:54 05 October 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 05 October 2010

A POTENTIALLY lethal scorpion has been found by a resident in Hornchurch.

A POTENTIALLY lethal scorpion has been found by a resident in Hornchurch.

A woman found the creature among some paving slabs she imported from India and took it to Goddard Vets, in Gidea Park, where head vet Richard Marks identified it as a Common Yellow Scorpion.

He said: “It can come from the Middle East, or Africa or Europe and can be fatal if it’s an African import.

“Though these paving slabs came from India, a lot of Indian flights stop off in the Middle East so there could have been a Middle Eastern pick-up on the way back to the UK.”

The scorpion is currently being kept in a secure environment at the vets.

See this Friday’s Romford Recorder for the full report.

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