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Thousands of bees stolen in Essex

Some of the hives which were stolen. Credit: Essex Police

Police are investigating after thousands of bees were stolen in Essex.

Sixteen colonies were taken inside their hives, which weigh about 50kg each.

It happened sometime overnight on Thursday (May 17), between Beazley End and Bocking Churchstreet in Braintree.

Essex Police want anyone with information to contact them.

"If you saw any suspicious activity in the area during this time, please call 101 and quote reference number 42/69326/18.

"Alternatively, you can contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form."

– Essex Police spokesman