Northamptonshire Police’s Wootton Hall headquarters suffered a bee infestation, an incident that forced the security operatives to evacuate.
The police station became a hive of activity just as a Facebook live session was about to begin last week. The event had to be cancelled.
Despite having their own swat team, they decided to call a local beekeeper to rescue them.
Footage of the bees was shared on social media with the hashtags #beesintheboardroom and #stingoperation.
In the short clip, the bees could be seen swarming around a window with a loud buzzing noise clearly audible. The force wrote: ‘Soooo, we had a Facebook Live Q&A scheduled for today on response policing.
‘However, the room we do them in has been taken over by a swarm of bees. There are 1000s!
‘We have had to postpone it for now but will advertise a new date soon so watch this space.’
It later provided an update on the fiasco saying the beekeeper was in the process of safely removing the insects.
‘@NorthantsChief however has been making enquiries as to whether we could find small enough uniforms and put them to work ‘#StingOperation,’ it added.
The event led members of the public to suggest Northhamptonshire Police send in a ‘swat team’ while another said officers should issue the bees with a dispersal order.
One person joked: ‘No luck catching them bees then,’ in reference to the policing comedy film Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The force replied: ‘We’d have more luck with swans…’
Another added ‘You guys have got to be pollen our leg with this tweet’ while one person quipped: ‘Careful, it could be a honey trap!’
The live Q&A which was due to take place with Inspector Gareth Court and head of local policing Chief Superintendent Adam Ward is set to be rescheduled.