Northampton: Thousands of bees swarm from police headquarters

Thousands of bees attack the police headquarters and force the officers to evacuate

The bees had to be removed by a beekeeper – but not before plenty of puns were made on social media (Image: SWNS)

Police were involved in a “sting operation” when thousands of bees swarmed into their offices, forcing them to evacuate.

The flying insects invaded Northamptonshire Police Headquarters at Wootton Hall on Thursday, just as a Facebook Live session with the public was due to begin.

The event had to be canceled and a local beekeeper was called in to safely remove the swarm.

Police shared footage of the bees on social media using the hashtags #beesintheboardroom and #stingoperation.

In the short clip, the bees could be seen swarming around a window with a clearly audible loud buzz.

The force wrote: “Soooo we had a Facebook Live Q&A scheduled for today for reaction control.

“However, the space we are making them in has been occupied by a swarm of bees. There are 1000!

“We’ve had to reschedule it for now but will be announcing a new date soon so keep an eye on this space.”

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Northamptonshire Police were ?stabbed? Operation? when a swarm of bees invaded their headquarters in Northampton. See SWNS story SWMDbees. 20 June 2022. Images and video showed thousands of the buzzing insects taking over a space in Wootton Hall Park just before a live online Q&A session was due to begin.

The swarm focused on a window in a room where a public Facebook Live session was to be recorded (Image: Northamptonshire Police / SWNS)

An update was later given on the fiasco, saying the beekeeper was in the process of safely removing the insects.

“However, @NorthantsChief asked if we could find uniforms that were small enough and use them for work,” he added.

The event led to members of the public suggesting Northhamptonshire Police would send out a “SWAT team”, while another said officers should give the bees a dispersal order.

One person joked, “No luck catching the bees then,” referring to the police comedy Hot Fuzz starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

The troupe replied, “We’d have better luck with swans…”

Another added, “You guys must dust our leg with this tweet,” while one person quipped, “Beware it could be a honey trap!”

The live Q&A that was due to take place with Inspector Gareth Court and the head of the local police force, Chief Superintendent Adam Ward, is to be postponed.

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Justin Scacco

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