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Bee rustlers cause a buzz after two stings

Police are warning that specialist bee rustlers are buzzing around in the Lower Saxony region, after two entire hives were stolen, complete with thousands of bees.

Bee rustlers cause a buzz after two stings
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The 73-year-old owner of a row of bee hives, stationed at the edge of a tree nursery near Hildesheim, reported that his best producer was missing just over three weeks ago.

Shortly afterwards another owner was stung to note one of his hives had been stolen from a row of three along the side of allotments not far away.

Bee hives can weigh up to 30 kilos, and can house between 10,000 and 15,000 bees. A thriving hive can be worth hundreds of euros, police said.

Both of the robbed apiarists told police they were convinced that the bee rustlers must have been fellow fans of the striped insects. “Amateurs would not know how to deal with a bee hive,” a Hildesheim police statement said.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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