Concerned neighbours called the police after neighbours reported hearing a woman screaming and a man shouting “I’m going to kill you!”
Officers quickly responded but when they got to the flat they found out that the guy had only been trying to catch a spider.
The embarrassed man admitted it was him who’d been shouting death threats at the arachnid and he was “the woman” behind the high-pitched screaming.
According to New South Wales police in Australia, they received a number of calls about the sound of crashing furniture and a man screaming: “I’m going to kill you, you’re dead! Die Die!”.
When the police arrived they began banging on the door until a man answered the door, out of breath and rather flushed.
Police then asked him: “Where’s your wife?”
The bloke responded: “Umm I don’t have one”
Police then told the man neighbours had heard the screams, the threats to kill, and the thud of flung furniture.
“Come on mate, what have you done to her?” the officer continued.
“It was a spider,” the man admitted. “A really big one.”
“What about the woman screaming?”
“Yeah sorry, that was me,” he said. “I really, really hate spiders.”
The police spokesman said it turned out that the man had been chasing a large spider around his house with a can of insect spray.
A spokesman said:
After a very long pause, some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider) we left.
To be fair to the guy, this was Australia where spiders can get pretty damn big so we can’t blame him for trying to kill it. The screaming may have been a bit over the top though.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.