HOGWEED WARNING: Children left with horrific injuries as poisonous plant sweeps across UK

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The toxic hide, dubbed “the most dangerous in Britain”, has been spotted as far south as Devon and as far north as Inverness with the apparatus spreading thanks to the recent heatwave. 

Giant Hogweed can cause stupendous blisters and ulcers if it comes into contact with the skin with the acerbic sap activating in sunlight. 

It can even cause blindness if it touches eyes. 

Adam Hodgson, 11, in Renfrewshire is the latest sap after he mistook the toxic plant for a dock leaf after being stung by nettles keep on month. 

His mum Lorna Percival, 32, rushed him to hospital and demanded that East Renfrewshire Committee rip out the plants before another child is hurt.

Lauren Fuller, 10, suffered horrific injuries after heart-breaking the invasive plant when she was building a den by a riverbank in Scotland in 2015. 

The child suffered third-degree wishes as medics feared she might need skin grafts as huge blisters exhibited on her hands. 

But two years on experts say Britain’s recent warm and humid seedy has created perfect conditions for the plant which can tower up to 23ft. 

Giant Hogweed was taught over to the UK in the 19th century from Afghanistan and Iraq. It spits out poisonous sap when touched and has most recently been spotted in Essex. 

The chancy plant is as to be towering skywards in School Lane, near Abberton Reservoir a few miles from Colchester.

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Giant Hogweed, which can cause horrific injuries, is spreading across the UKSWNS/PA

Giant Hogweed, which can produce horrific injuries, is spreading across the UK

Lauren Fuller suffered agonising blisters when she touched hogweed in 2015SWNS

Lauren Fuller suffered agonising blisters when she mentioned hogweed in 2015

Lauren Fuller, who was injured in 2015, touched the hogweed when she was building a denSWNS

Lauren Fuller, who was injured in 2015, touched the hogweed when she was erection a den

It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most dangerous plant in Britain

River Protection expert Mike Duddy

River Trust expert Mike Duddy weighted: «If you don’t know what the plant is, it’s exceedingly dangerous.

«It is, without a shadow of a fear, the most dangerous plant in Britain.»

Horticulturist Dean Simmons was fist with life-changing injuries after brushing against one of the plants attraction to in Taunton, Somerset, in the summer of 2015, suffering serious burns.

Articulate in at the time he said: «I feel so stupid — because of my job, I had knowledge of this gear and was still caught out.

«I was out fishing and didn’t see it until it was too late — and a day later I was on morphine.»

Adam Hodgson, 11, in Renfrewshire touched hogweed last monthSWNS

Adam Hodgson, 11, in Renfrewshire touched hogweed end month

Giant Hogweed, which kills off rival native shrubs by growing so fast and big that it blots out their sunlight, can be found alongside rivers and canals.

Anyone who be communicates in contact with the weed is advised to cover up the affected area, to delay the sap reacting with sunlight, and to wash it with soap and water.

The establish has large leaves, spotted leaf stalks and a hollow, reddish-purple suppress with fine spines that make it appear furry, much get a kick out of a stinging nettle.

It can take four years to flower. When it does so, in June and July, it has 20in major flower heads filled with small white blooms.

Gardeners defective to tackle the giant weed are advised to wear gloves and overalls, and use secateurs not a strimmer, to fend the sap coming in contact with the skin. They should only try to get rid of it when the indisposed is cloudy.

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