Bungling burglar sent packing by swarm of angry bees

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URBAN: The hives belonged to Bermondsey Street Bees, in the shadow of Tower Bridge (Pic: Getty)

A clueless criminal who jumped a fence only to land on a hive full of angry bees has received ‘natural justice,’ says beekeeper Dale Gibson.

Dale, who keeps several hives in Potters Fields Park, near Tower Bridge, London, believes the villain broke into the compound looking for tools and farm equipment.

Unfortunately for the crook, there were two hives sited right below the fence – each containing in the region of 20,000 furious stinging insects.

One was completely smashed and the roof had been knocked off another.


CELEB-BEE-TY: Dale looks after the bees at hip hangout Soho Farmhouse (Pic: Facebook)

Dale, 61, described his reaction when he found out the hives had been damaged to the London Evening Standard: “Hives don’t just fall over, they get knocked over. 

“Immediately my thoughts were this was an extraordinary action due to external influences.

“The hives were able to be put back together and we didn’t lose any honey stock, but we did have some casualties. I think the bees would have given as good as they got.”

Nothing was actually stolen, leading Dale to believe that the interloper was driven off by the furious insects almost as soon as they crash-landed on the hive.


STING: When a bee stings, chemicals are released which attract other nearby bees to the scene (Pic: Getty)

“I think the bees would have given as good as they got”

Dale Gibson

Dale is something of a celebrity beekeeper, maintaining a bee colony at fashionable country hideaway Soho Farmhouse was well as his main hives for Bermondsey Street Bees.

He explained that, while bees can’t see in the dark, they can soon find someone who is sprawled in the wreckage of their hive. And they wouldn’t have let the intruder off lightly.

Dale says he hasn’t bothered to contact police, believing that the number of stings that the intruder would have received was a form of ‘natural justice.’

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