Crow Review of 2008

PUBLISHED: 10:15 27 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

THE scorpion surprise found in a bunch of bananas.

THE scorpion surprise found in a bunch of bananas.

September A SNAPPY surprise greeted a man who brought a bunch of bananas and found it contained a live scorpion. Eddie Collins discovered the Euscorpius flavicaudis, or European Scorpion, hidden in the bananas which he purchased at Royston Tesco. He said:

September

A SNAPPY surprise greeted a man who brought a bunch of bananas and found it contained a live scorpion.

Eddie Collins discovered the Euscorpius flavicaudis, or European Scorpion, hidden in the bananas which he purchased at Royston Tesco.

He said: "It was a bit of a shock when I saw it crawl out of the bananas, they had come from the Dominican Republic so I'm amazed it survived the journey.

"I managed to get it into a match box and took it to Shepreth Wildlife Park."

The scorpion was given to Shepreth keeper Grace Dickinson, who will keep it in her private collection. She said the scorpion, who she named Lucy, was in "great condition" despite her long journey.

She said: "Lucy is actually quite fat, so could actually be pregnant."

A spokesman for Tesco said: "Even with all the expertise and check, it is not always possible to legislate against the natural world."

Also in the news

Residents gathered to protest against a planned development at Heathfields, Royston. The planned five-bedroom property was described as "resembling a factory" by Cllr Rod Kennedy, one of the residents. The planning application was turned down by North Herts District Council.

The Royston First Business Improvement District scheme was given the go-ahead by North Herts District Council. Royston councillor F John Smith said he was "highly optimistic" about the project. However, Royston First still needed the support of the business community in the town.

A Meldreth resident was the victim of an unusual theft. Vanessa Dennett had £1500 worth of Koi Carp stolen from a pond at her house. "I'm devastated. There were about ten fish and they've all gone," she said.

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