Tyne & Wear

Beekeeper warns potential neighbours over 'deadly' stings

Banner warning about bee stinging.
Image caption Mr Mordey has been told he requires planning permission for his warning banners

A beekeeper is warning new neighbours that they could face potentially lethal stings from his thousands of bees.

Leigh Mordey has six hives housing up to 800,000 bees at his home in Medburn, Ponteland.

He has told developer Bellway, which is building 62 executive homes, about a risk his bees might pose to future homeowners who experience allergies.

Bellway said it was making sure it informed people "working and moving into the new development".


Bee stings

  • A bee only stings to protect the colony or when frightened
  • Only female workers and the queen can sting
  • Venom sac muscles continue to pump even after they have been torn from the dying bee

Source: British Beekeepers Association


Mr Mordey, who specialises in the native British black bee, said: "It just takes one sting if you're allergic to bee venom.

"It's the same problem as nuts and shellfish; it could kill you within minutes."

He has put up banners warning about the "dangers", but Northumberland County Council said he needed to apply for planning permission due to the size of the signs.

Image caption Leigh Mordey said bee venom could kill people who were allergic

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