Police have been forced to cordon off a road after a swarm of bees unexpectedly settled on a bicycle in Fulham today (June 6).
Around 500 bees have set up a hive on the cycle’s wicker basket, which is chained to railing near the mini roundabout on the corner of Fulham Palace Road and Fulham Road.
Claire Shirley lives nearby and took photos and a video of the hive. She said police are now at the scene and have seal off the immediate area.
She said: “I was coming back from my shopping and I had to do this detour across the road because the bees were just settling.
“But people were walking by and not realising. Now police there and they have told me they are going to cordon the area off because people are walking along and not realising and they’re worried someone could get stung and go into anaphylactic shock.
“Then the owner of the bike returned and had to leave it to her dismay as there is no way she can ride off.”
A beekeeper is now at the scene to safely remove the insects.
Ms Shirley, whose father was a beekeeper, said it was not unusual for a hive to be built so quickly.
She said: “Once the queen finds a home all the workers follow along.
"I told the police if they get a watering can they would go away because they’d think it’s raining.
“But it really is a remarkable sight.”
In 2014 bees made home at florists in Uxbridge High Street.