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Basketball-sized Asian hornet nest in Essex back garden taken for government lab tests

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Wednesday 05 October 2022 18:50 BST
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Asian hornet next the size of an ‘elongated basketball’ found in a back garden in Rayleigh, Essex
Asian hornet next the size of an ‘elongated basketball’ found in a back garden in Rayleigh, Essex (Defra)

A basketball-sized Asian hornet nest has been removed from a back garden in Essex for tests.

After a week-long search, government inspectors found the nest six metres up a tree in the town of Rayleigh.

The inspectors, from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), then took the nest to a lab for examination.

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