Dozens of bees killed in ‘suspicious’ Sellindge farm fire

PUBLISHED: 16:49 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:49 20 June 2017




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Dozens of bees have been killed after 26 hives were burnt out in what police are describing as a “suspicious” fire in Sellindge.

Officers were called to a farm in the village after it was reported the hives were set alight between 3pm on Sunday and 7pm on Monday.

The incident is thought to be linked to the theft of two beehives from another farm in Sellindge between 5pm on June 13 and 5pm on June 14.

Investigating officer PC Daniel Mills said: “May and June are generally regarded as the start of the swarming season and this damage is not only cruel but detrimental to the beekeepers who will suffer a financial loss.

“We are not ruling out the possibility that the theft may be linked and are urging those who keep bees to ensure their properties and grounds are well secured.

“Any steps to improve security is advised while we carry out our enquiries into these incidents. Some ways include camouflaging the hives behind hedges or tall fences, painting them a muted colour and ensuring they are out of view from the main road.

“As with all crime, especially in rural areas, be vigilant and report any unusual activity to us straight away.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are urged to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/24715/17 for the fire and ZY/25061/17 for the theft.

Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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