Creepy critter lands in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 09:16 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 July 2013

Honiton resident, Carol Gilson, and her grandson Luke Dolby. Carol found a green Cuban cockroach in a bunch of Bananas she recently bought. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 6399-27-13AW

Honiton resident, Carol Gilson, and her grandson Luke Dolby. Carol found a green Cuban cockroach in a bunch of Bananas she recently bought. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 6399-27-13AW

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Exotic stowaway surprises Honiton woman.

A Honiton woman got more than she bargained for when she went to tuck into a healthy snack and came face-to-face with a Caribbean stowaway.

Carol Gilson was surprised to find an exotic insect in her pack of bananas, which she had bought during a weekly shopping trip at Iceland last week.

The founder of the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme, which provides mobility aids to those in need, was taking out a banana from the packet when the creature fell out.

“It was quite frightening, it just dropped out,” says Carol. “It was green and just looked at me. I didn’t believe it.”

She added: “It did worry me for a second as I didn’t know if it was poisonous or not. I stuck a glass on it straight away.”

Carol then shouted for her grandson Luke Dolby, who has a keen interest in insects, to take a look at the mystery critter, which was about an inch in size.

He was unable to find anything in his books that would indentify the insect.

It wasn’t until he did a search on the internet that he discovered it was a harmless green banana cockroach, which can be found in Cuba and areas of the Caribbean.

However, now she has discovered what the critter is Carol can see the funny side and added: “This poor bug came from Cuba to come to Britain for a holiday.”

The cockroach has since been named Steve.

A spokeswoman for Iceland said: “Iceland take all complaints extremely seriously.

“In order for us to carry out a full investigation, we ask that the customer returns the foreign body and any packaging to their local store, where they will receive a full refund.

“We will then contact the customer once a full investigation has been conducted.”


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