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Bug identification please. Found September 2013, in house near front door (so may have come in), location Kent, UK. Creature has a segmented body, is shiny black and may have lost a bit of its tail!
It is one of the rove beetles, perhaps a devil's coach horse - a species of beetle in the genus Ocypus
One can't see any useful detail from your photo, and there are quite a few possible species, so the best we can do is guess yours is one of the most common ones, perhaps Ocypus olens.