Essex beehive thieves described as 'despicable'

Mason bee (Osmia sp.) pollinating a flower.
Image caption The three beehives were stolen from Stanford Rivers in Essex

Thieves who stole three hand-made wooden beehives from a pensioner have been labelled "despicable" by police.

The hives, which housed three bee colonies, were stolen from Stanford Rivers, Essex, between 26 and 30 March.

Pc Martin Carroll, of Essex Police, said: "The hives are hand-built and are unique.

"This is a despicable crime and whoever is responsible has taken the enjoyment of a retired owner who has tended these bees for the past 40 years."

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