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Two London schools forced to close over false widow spiders infestation

Two primary schools have been forced to close after they became infested with false widow spiders.

Hundreds of pupils who attend The Osmani and Thomas Buxton Primary Schools in Tower Hamlets, east London, have been told they won't have to go in for the next week as pest controllers try to tackle the outbreak.

The spiders, which resemble the black widow, are not considered dangerous but do bite, the council said.

A Tower Hamlets spokesman said: "The Osmani and Thomas Buxton Primary Schools are both temporarily closed due to a spider infestation.

"Pest control teams are currently on the premises of both schools, dealing with the infestation of false widow spiders. The spiders are not considered to be dangerous but do bite.

"Due to health concerns for staff and pupils the schools will be closed until next week.

"If you are worried about the health of your child - in particular around spider bites - please do make sure that you refer your child to a local GP."

The council said it is not aware of any children at the schools being bitten.

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