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Passengers shocked to find scorpion loose on Edinburgh from London train

By Alex Patrikios

Rail passengers en route to Edinburgh from London were delayed after a scorpion also boarded their train.

The unexpected cargo disrupted passengers on the Virgin Trains East Coast service heading to the Scottish capital yesterday afternoon.

Harry Horton told how passengers in the seats near him stood up and retreated.

He said: "There was something going on at the end of the carriage and I couldn't quite see what it was. A lot of the passengers were up on their feet. All of a sudden a couple came down to my end (and) they said there's a scorpion on the loose."

A guard appeared and the scorpion was returned to the container it had been stowed in.

He said the scorpion appeared to belong to a woman who was in a hurry to continue her journey - so much so, she left the creature behind.

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