in North Wales have been left devastated after thieves made off with thousands of .

Katie Hayward from Cemaes Bay on Anglesey was one of the victims.

Thieves made off with more than thirty thousand bees, and three queen bees from her farm, in two separate incidents last month.

She says it may have been down to the increasing demand for bees to sell online.

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The demand is there. The increase and surge in internet sales of bees – the demand’s there to steal to order these days unfortunately.

We’re very passionate about what we do it’s not your normal type of business.

To hit four of our hives here out of seven of our very very calm bees it’s hit us hard to be honest.

– KATIE HAYWARD, BEEKEEPER

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North Wales Police is investigating the incident, and officers say they suspect the thief was experienced.

They’re also urging other beekeepers to be vigilant.

This isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill shoplifter, these are bees they can sting.

Someone’s come here with the knowledge of what to do, they’ve come here probably with the gear and they’ve known exactly what they’re after.

– DEWI EVANS, NORTH WALES POLICE

 

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