Security staff searching people at a court in Kent seized a potentially deadly object - a tarantula.
The spider was confiscated from a man as he entered the court building in Canterbury on Wednesday.
It was kept in a sealed container until the man, who was reportedly in court to support his friend, left the building.
Tarantula bites can be extremely painful and their venom can cause fatal allergic reactions.
However, a spokesman for HM Courts and Tribunals Service said: "There was no danger to our staff or the public."
One security guard who spoke to the tarantula's owner told KentOnline: "When he told me it was a tarantula and one bite could prove very nasty, I thought he was just winding me up."