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Police storm house in Australia after man is overheard screaming 'why don't you die?' at spider

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2/1/2019 Sophie Williams
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A man overheard shouting death threats at a spider sparked a massive police response in Australia.

Neighbours of the man in Perth, western Australia, became concerned when they heard him shouting “why don’t you die” repeatedly.

The caller also reported hearing a child screaming.

Multiple police units responded with their lights and sirens flashing.

However when they arrived at the property, it was revealed that the man had been trying to kill a spider as he has a serious fear of the insects.

His wife who was in the property at the time confirmed that their child had also been screaming.

The man later apologised to police for the confusion.

Wanneroo police wrote on Twitter: “Caller walked past the AA and heard a male screaming out ‘Why don’t you die’ – repeatedly.

“The toddler inside was screaming … caller doesn’t know them, but has seen them a few times when walking.

“Police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders). Apologised for inconvenience to police.

“No injuries sighted (except to spider). No further police involvement required”.

The tweet was later deleted.

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