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Bee rustlers have struck for the second time within weeks at a Warwickshire colony, leaving volunteers devastated and putting the lives of the bees at risk.
Thieves first struck at Compton Verney art gallery in November, removing one of the two hives.
And now the colony has fallen victim to a second attack, in which the bumbling crooks dropped the hive, killing many of the bees and leaving the others at risk of dying from the cold over the winter months.
The bee hives were installed in April thanks to donations from members of the public, and were looked after by volunteer Rod Oates. They thrived over the summer, managing to produce around 40lbs of honey.
The death of some of the bees puts the whole hive at risk, as they crowd together for warmth during the winter - and the fewer they are in number, the more exposed they are to the cold.
Due to a technical problem with landing system at Stansted Airport, and low visibility weather conditions flights are currently unable to land.
A number of aircraft have already diverted to Birmingham and East Midlands airports and customers are being transferred by coach back to Stansted.
Further disruptions are expected until this situation is rectified which is expected by midday.
Further delays and possible cancellations may occur due to this equipment failure, please click on the following links for further details of the diverted flights.
A list of the top 12 online frauds aimed at bargain hunters has been released by police.
- Bogus shopping websites offering "special deals"
- Auction websites where goods may be counterfeit, if they exist at all
- E-mails asking for bank details to be confirmed or "updating personal information"
- Holiday deals from cowboy operators, who prey on people hoping to book a winter getaway
- E-cards from unknown people, which may contain computer viruses
- Hackers who use personal information stored on social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn to commit identity theft or access other personal sites
- Fake charities or collectors targeting people in the generous holiday spirit
- Traders who do not ask for payment via a secure connection, or refuse to use a third party such as PayPal
- Sellers who ask for money to be transferred directly into their bank account
- Bogus 'voucher deal' websites offering cut-price gifts
- Cowboy ticket sellers
- Hackers can used Bluetooth or unsecured WiFi to raid phones for personal information
Staffordshire Police are investigating alleged offensive, racist messages sent via Twitter to former Midlands footballer Stan Collymore. He contacted Staffordshire Police yesterday evening.
Chief Inspector Carl Ratcliffe, commander of Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT) said: “It’s everyone’s role to treat each other with respect. It’s our role to investigate complaints of criminal behaviour and where appropriate take action."
Police have charged two Lincoln residents in relation to the production of cannabis.
Officer searched a property on Monday and found a number of plants and growing equipment.
Peter Gamblin, 28, of Boultham Park Road, Lincoln, was arrested and charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis and Derek Gamblin, 61, of Boultham Park Road, Lincoln, was arrested and charged with permitting the production of cannabis.
Both have been released on police bail to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on January 3 next year.
Staff at Lincoln County Hospital are asking patients to attend A&E only in an emergency - as the NHS Trust is struggling to find enough beds. They are encouraging people to only go to A&E if absolutely necessary and anyone with minor injuries should use their local walk-in centre.
A tree in Northamptonshire which has avoided catching Dutch Elm disease for 40 years, has been selected to help save the country's woodlands.
Schools in Northamptonshire and Peterborough will take part in The Great British Elm Experiment, with samples from the tree being sent across the country, in a bid to find out why some of the trees survived.
Two of the most famous number one Christmas songs turn 40 this year and both were recorded by Midlands bands.
'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' by Wizzard and 'Merry Xmas Everybody' by Slade are entering their fourth decade.
The Red Arrows, based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, are back on home soil after a tour of the Middle East.
The team performed 15 displays in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in an effort to promote the UK.
They'll now begin training for next year - their 50th display season.