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Residents terrified as massive swarm of 15,000 bees takes over street

Residents in South Tyneside were left terrified after 15,000 bees invaded their street.

The critters amassed on the garden wall of a house on Rupert Street in Whitburn for hours before local beekeepers were called in to safely move them on.

Buzzing loudly, many more filled the air as they flew around the street at break-neck speeds, terrifying unsuspecting members of the public attempting to get on with their day.

It took just 15 minutes for the bees to congregate on the wall.

Beekeeper Jodie Newbrook, who transferred the insects to a new hive after removing them with the help of her colleague Christine Cajiao, explained that springtime is swarming season.

She told The Sun: "In the winter, bees hibernate, but in the spring sometimes the bees realise the hive is too big and has to split up. They hatch another queen but the original queen must leave as you can't have two in the same hive.

"The original queen will take half of the hive and the other will find a new home.

"But, bees can only fly three miles at a time and will stop to rest, which is how they end up on walls, trees and people's streets."

Swarming bees can understandably strike fear into people due to their large number and the loud noise they make together.

But Jodie explained that this is when they are, in fact, at their most docile due to their bellies being full of honey to create the next hive.

The creatures arrange themselves in a round ball shape in order to protect the queen in the middle.

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