Killer scorpions with huge stingers are invading Britain by riding in on lorries

Killer scorpions are set to invade Britain as temperatures rise through climate change.

European yellow-tailed stingers hitched lifts on ships from their native Sicily to the UK – and are thriving thanks to global warming.

The venom can create an allergic reaction that could kill people who go into anaphylactic shock.

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More than 15,000 of them now live on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

A spokesman for G’s Drive Thru MOT Centre on the Isle said: “Sometimes we open up in the morning and find them in the shutter.’’

Experts suspect they travelled over the sea by hitching lifts on lorries at docks.

A report by the Royal Entomological Society says: “An increased temperature has been shown to significantly increase the activity of both male and female yellow-tailed scorpions.

“Higher temperatures can be expected to increase the availability of suitable habitat for England’s yellow-tailed scorpions.”

The report adds though the scorpions “may look scary” they “very rarely use the stinger”.

It follows news that the annual invasion of giant flying beetles called cockchafers has begun – leaving Brits in terror as the noisy bugs fly into their homes.

The beetles, which grow to more than an inch long, have been living underground for three to four years as larvae feeding on grass roots.

But now the bugs, which make a loud whirring noise when flying, have entered their adult stage, which only lasts five to six weeks before they die – and they are everywhere.

Clark Davis, of St Albans, Herts, said he spotted a cockchafer after hearing a “mad buzzing” sound in his living room.

He said: “It sounded like a bloody helicopter, but upon closer inspection was this weird-looking bug which I since found out is called a – wait for it – cockchafer.

“What an odd world we live in.”

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