Don’t panic, but… reliable source Marcus writes from Wellington Road:
I just spotted a False Widow Spider in the garden. Was half an inch from touching the critter. Sadly had no camera on me to record the encounter. I was putting my washing out in the garden and stopped to check to see how my newly planted sunflowers were doing as I hadn’t watered them with all the rain. The soil looked a little dry so reached for the watering can… there on the underside of the handle was the spider. Very small. Something in me triggered a caution, don’t know why, so I took note of its distinctive skull-like markings and went straight back inside and googled it. 100% certain. Been back out several times with camera to no avail. Left note warning my neighbours. So easy to get bitten if they are under dustbin lid handles etc.