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Last Updated: Thursday August 28 2008 07:42 GMT

Spider scares family from home

A camel spider (generic)

A family in the east of England have been driven out of their home by a dangerous spider.

Mum Lorraine Griffiths and her three kids say they spotted a big, sandy-coloured spider in their house.

They think the creature is a camel spider, accidentally brought back by the dad of the house, who works as a soldier in Afghanistan.

An animal expert said camel spiders don't usually attack humans, but could give a painful bite.

Officers from the animal charity the RSPCA have visited the house, but couldn't find the creature.

The family have laid traps for it, and say they won't return to their home in Essex until it is caught.