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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

tached to the case.

It prob­a­bly took refuge in theruck­sack­a­sit­was“look­ing for some­where dark and dry” to give birth, Dar­ren Mans­field, fromTheEx­otic Pet Refuge told the BBC.

“She dropped the case and the scor­pion dis­ap­peared from sight.

“A pas­sen­ger tried to catch it in an­ice­cream­tub, butscor­pi­ons don’t like sticky, wet places so it wasn’t in­ter­ested.

“Luck­ily, the woman’s son waseatin­gachick­endin­nerso she made him wolf that down and it was lured into that con­tainer.”

The black Gu­atemalan bark scor­pion - which has a sting “equiv­a­lent to about three wasp stings” and is not lethal to hu­mans - had “two or three ba­bies last night”, Mr Mans­field said.

He added: “Now we’ve got more mouths to feed.”

Harry Hor­ton, a pas­sen­ger on the train, said he first no­ticed some­thingstrange­when peo­ple in the seats ahead of him started stand­ing up and re­treat­ing.

“There was some­thing go­ing on at the end of the car­riage and I couldn’t quite see what it was,” he said.

“A lot of the pas­sen­gers were up on their feet. All of a sud­de­na­cou­ple­came­downto my end [and] they said there’s a scor­pion on the loose.”

There­wasaneight-minute de­lay at Peter­bor­ough while the af­fected car­riage con­tain­ingabout20peo­ple­wassealed off and checked.

A British Trans­port po­lice spokeswom­an­said: “Wewere called at 2.56pm to a Vir­gin train from King’s Cross to Ed­in­burgh and we met the train at Peter­bor­ough. “A scor­pion had es­caped from a pas­sen­ger’s bag, but it had been re­cap­tured quickly and put in a box.”

The scor­pion, which was cap­tured on a train

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