Dozens injured at honey-making workshop

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Six people were taken to hospital as bees attacked bystanders during a honey-making workshop in a residential district in the southern Dutch city of Breda on Sunday.

29 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Six people were taken to hospital as bees attacked bystanders during a honey-making workshop in a residential district in the southern Dutch city of Breda on Sunday.

The bees became aggressive when the bee-keeper was showing his students how to remove the honey from the honey-combs.

The people attending the workshop were wearing protective clothing but the bees also turned on other onlookers and the bee-keeper's neighbours. Six people were taken to hospital for treatment with antitoxin.

The police had to intervene when some of the victims of the swarm tried to exact revenge on the bee-keeper. Several officers were also stung.

One local described seeing thousands of bees heading in his direction. He estimated 30-40 people were stung. "Some people were stung 50 times, others 30 times. I couldn't save my son," he said.

He said he would lodge a police complaint against the bee-keeper on Monday, claiming it is beyond belief that the bee-keeper, dressed in protective clothing,  worked on the bee hives in the middle of a residential area.

At the request of the police, the bee-keeper has left the area and has taken his hives with him.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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