When police explained they had reports of a domestic and a woman screaming, he replied: “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I live alone”.

Pressed about the threats to kill, the man became sheepish and even apologetic as it emerged what had caused the ruckus.

“It was a spider, a really big one!!,” he said, admitting he was chasing the large arachnid around his apartment with a can of insect spray.

Asked about the woman screaming, he replied: “Yeah, sorry, that was me, I really hate spiders.”