Beehive thefts of honeybee colonies is on the rise and it is thought that its beekeepers stealing from other beekeepers.
The Bradford Keepers Association have slammed a recent theft of tens of thousands of honey bees in the city as 'totally disgusting'.
Honeybees were stolen from a Bradford apiary in January. It's a growing problem across the country.
Owner Paul Seage said: "I checked on one of my hives on 18th of January and found no bees inside. There were six missing frames. This was the same for all my other hives."
Beehive thefts of honeybee colonies is on the rise in the United Kingdom, it is thought that its beekeepers stealing from other beekeepers. Thousands of colonies have been stolen throughout the UK.
Ian Dwyer, chairman BdBKA, said " It's totally disgusting that beekeepers can do this to other beekeepers, I really do feel for Paul at this time, as I'm sure it's a real devastating experience for him.
"Honeybee theft is on the rise across the UK and as a beekeeping association in Bradford we are totally aware of how this is affecting beekeepers across the country. It saddens me that this has now occurred in Bradford to one of our own members.
"People should be aware of buying bees from people who are not members of a beekeeping association."