Yesterday, 10 June, RCIPS Community Police Officers and officers from the Department of Agriculture visited an area on Shedden Road in response to reports from members of the public who had encounters with bees swarming in the area. The officers surveyed the area and have contacted a local bee keeper to assist with removing and relocating the bees.
“Over the past week we’ve had a few reports of incidents involving bees,” said Inspector Courtney Myles, head of Community Policing. “There were two instances on Crewe Road where we were able to work with the DOA to contact bee keepers to come out and relocate the bees safely.”
“Swarms of bees are becoming more common as we move into the summer months,” said Tiffany Chisholm of the Department of Agriculture. “Generally these swarms have left a hive and are searching for an area to establish a new one in. They will pose no threat unless attacked or threatened, and can safely be observed from a distance. However, if the swarm remains in one location for more than 2 to 3 days or is in a heavily trafficked area, members of the public are advised to contact a bee keeper to facilitate safe removal and relocation of the bees.”
Alternatively, members of the public can also contact the Department of Agriculture or their local Community Police Officer or Community Safety Officer, for assistance.