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Police appeal after pensioner’s beehives destroyed in suspected arson attack

Ron Hoskins' beehives were torched in a suspected arson attack. Credit: Dave Hoskins

Police in Wiltshire have issued an appeal after a pensioner’s beehives were destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Ron Hoskins’ beehives were torched along with his shed and greenhouse at Stanton Fitzwarren by Highworth, near Swindon, in March.

The 89-year-old had spent the last 20 years researching and selectively breeding his bees to cope with Varroa Mite, a parasite which kills millions of bees worldwide.

More than £30,000 worth of damage was done to Ron’s beekeeping setup, which including generators, microscopy equipment and specialist beekeeping suits.

Ron's greenhouse and shed were also damaged. Credit: Dave Hoskins

A number of his beehives were also vandalised or tipped over during the incident.

Wiltshire Police have now issued an appeal, urging those in the area at the time to come forward with any information they might have.

We are interested to hear from anyone that was in the area on that day who may have seen anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.

We'd also like to hear from anyone who may have seen any beekeepers' suits around the park on the day itself or the days following the incident as we believe that some suits were taken prior to the fire being started.

This mindless act of vandalism has destroyed the life's work of an enthusiast who has conducted some world renowned work in the field of beekeeping.

– PC Sam Walton, Wiltshire Police

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 54200027450.