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13:25  17 may  2017
13:25  17 may  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Thousands of bees swarmed around traffic lights in London (Picture: PA). An enormous swarm of bees brought rush hour traffic to a standstill in London . The buzzing swarm was there for at least an hour, Ms Hering said.

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The swarm filled the air on Greenwich Church Street © Other The swarm filled the air on Greenwich Church Street

A giant swarm of bees brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill and sent onlookers ducking for cover in southeast London.

Commuters stopped in their tracks as the swarm filled the air in Greenwich Church Street, close to Greenwich market, on Tuesday evening.

Many shared videos of the unusual scene on social media, while Transport for London posted a photograph of the bees resting on traffic lights.

Abigail Hering, who runs a nearby jewellery shop, described the swarm as "absolutely crazy".

She said she could initially hear an "underlying hum", adding: "It was just literally swarming, above the cars around the one-way system."

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Beekeeper Phil Clarkson uses a portable hive to capture a swarm of bees at Greenwich Church Street © Other Beekeeper Phil Clarkson uses a portable hive to capture a swarm of bees at Greenwich Church Street The swarm stayed for at least an hour, with onlookers shocked at the "hideous" sight, she said.

Ms Hering said: "Millions of them on the traffic lights. And then at that point they'd come lower so they were actually buzzing around the people.

"And while I was videoing them I looked down and I could see literally the front of me covered in bees.

"They were on me. They were on everybody. They were in your hair, on your top."

The swarm later subsided after beekeeper Phil Clarkson and his wife Tracey used a mobile hive to collect many of the insects.

Mr Clarkson, who placed the mobile hive on top of his car, said the swarm possibly came from Greenwich Park.

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A huge swarm of bees hit part of London at rush hour, shocking onlookers who were forced to duck for cover. Ms Hering wrote on Twitter: "Greenwich Town is all a buzz ! Bee swarm currently passing through horrifying people."

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He said: "Nobody was stung here today.

A beekeeper uses a portable hive to capture the swarm © Other A beekeeper uses a portable hive to capture the swarm "People did get a bit nervous, and they were quite concerned understandably.

"But then when we talked to people and explained to them that actually a swarm is very benign, the likelihood of getting stung is very, very rare, and in most cases it's only when people swat them or squash them on their body that the bee will sting them.

"They're very calm and very docile when they're swarming."

Asked about how common a swarm of this kind is, Mr Clarkson said: "At this time of the year it's quite common, but it is rare to get them to land on such things as traffic lights."

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