Friday, 18 April 2014

Giant Asian Hornet heading for Kent after 'causing deaths' of six people in France

17 April 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Giant Asian hornets which have been blamed for the deaths of six people in France are heading to Kent, according to reports.

Experts believe the insects, whose sting can be fatal, are likely to enter Britain by flying across the Channel. Kent and other parts of the South East are at the highest risk.

The likelihood of them entering the UK has been highlighted in a report by the Government's Environmental Audit Committee, which says they could arrive "within days".

The report adds: "Some invasive species have direct human health effects. The Asian Hornet, which might soon arrive here, has killed six people in France."

The hornets are believed to have entered France in a shipment of Chinese pottery in 2004.

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