Thursday 20 June 2019

Itsy bitsy spider - Woman terrified by 'eerie' nursery rhyme singing alarm at night told it was set off by spiders

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A terrified woman who was woken regularly in the middle of the night by the eerie sound of someone singing 'It's Raining, It's Pouring' has finally discovered the source of the problem.

The unnamed woman told the Ipswich Star that she was frightened by the sound as she did not know the origin and she began to wonder if she was imagining things.

“It was waking me up in the night, it was absolutely terrifying. I heard it at all times of the night - 1am, 2am, 4am - it was sporadic, sometimes it would play once, other times it was over and over," she told the publication.

“Last week it played for hours, it was just horrible.”

After almost a year she contacted Ipswich Borough Council, who investigated the complaint and tracked the strange sound to a industrial premises.

The rhyme was being played as an alarm through a loud speaker to deter any intruders.  However, it was not being set off by human intruders, but rather by spiders scampering across the alarm motion sensors.

“The sound is only supposed to act as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves that come onto our property, and it’s designed only to be heard by people on our private land," a spokesman for the site told the Ipswich Star.

“We are now aware of the problem - the motion sensors were being triggered by spiders crawling across the lenses of our cameras and it looks like we’ve had it turned up too loudly."

The alarm has now been adjusted so that it will not be heard by neighbours.  The woman said it is a "massive relief".

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