British thieves made off with 60,000 bees last month.     Photo: Alan Taylor/Flickr

Crooks Steal 60,000 Bees

Make off with whole hive

Sticky-fingered thieves have struck again. British police are looking for crooks who stole a hive full of hibernating bees last month.

The hive, which was taken from a community garden in Norwich, contained up to 60,000 bees, the Huffington Post reports.

According to Norfolk police, it would have taken at least two people to move the structure.

This isn’t the first time Britain has had to deal with bee rustlers. When the country’s honeybee population declined suddenly several years ago due to poor weather and pestilence, the black market trade in stolen hives exploded. Beekeepers, already stung by the shortage, were warned to protect their hives.

“The beekeeping world used to be like a Harry Potter underworld of beekeepers who all knew one another. To steal someone’s honeybees is like stealing their dog,” one woman told The Guardian.  

A single hive can sell for about $300.  

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Six hundred people in various swimwear—including Speedos, string bikinis, and Viking costumes—participated in the Polar Plunge, which is sponsored by the L Street Brownies Swimming Club. The National Weather Service reports that the tempertature during this frigid baptism was 24 degrees.

“The air is so much warmer after you’ve been in there. It’s just great! It’s awesome!” one swimmer told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

The event is a New Year's tradition and has been held every year since 1904. Also, there is no charge to participate. Money raised from T-shirt sales and hot chocolate was donated to the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund and to the youth hockey association.

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