Posted: Wed 16th Aug 2023

Fourteen beehives stolen from North East Wales site found “in a reasonably healthy state”

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Aug 16th, 2023

Fourteen beehives that were stolen from a site in North East Wales have been found and are reported to be in a “reasonably healthy state.”

The theft, which took place between July 28 and July 31, occurred at Blackwood Lane, Mynydd y Garth, just outside of Llangollen.

North Wales Police had promptly issued an appeal for information following the incident.

Given the nature of the theft, police suspected that the culprits possessed knowledge of beekeeping.

It was also believed that a large vehicle was used to transport the stolen hives, indicating a well-planned operation.

Nathan Edgerton Evans, co-director of West Coast Apiaries, the company from which the hives were stolen, spoke to Radio 4’s Today programme this morning about the discovery.

He confirmed that all the hives were back in their possession. Interestingly, the hives were discovered a mere three miles from the site of the theft.

Elaborating on the recovery, Nathan mentioned that the discovery was a result of information provided by the public to a PCSO.

The hives, he said, had been “quite cleverly concealed” in what appeared to be a “carefully considered operation.”

The area where the hives were found had been specially erected, pointing to the theft being pre-planned.

Expressing his relief, Nathan said, “We’re just really pleased to have them back and thankful to the community for keeping an eye out for them.”

He further added that a closer inspection of the hives would be conducted in daylight to ensure their welfare, but initial observations suggest they are in good condition.

The investigation into the theft is ongoing.

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