Video: Bee swarm closes part of Briggate in Leeds

A swarm of bees closed part of one of Leeds city centre’s busiest shopping precincts.

PIC: Richard Smyth

Council pest controllers cordoned off a section of Briggate on Wednesday morning after hundreds of the insects were seen swarming outside Marks and Spencer.

It is thought the bees were in a docile state and posed little threat to the public.

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But beekeepers were called to remove them – and further swarms on Boar Lane and Duncan Street.

PIC: Richard Smyth

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “We received reports earlier this morning regarding a swarm of bees which had settled on a hanging basket on Briggate.

“A cordon was put in place and we dispatched a qualified beekeeper who has now gathered and safely relocated the bees. The cordon has now been removed.”

PIC: Tim Downs (@Timmo_D)