Bees 'almost destroyed man's car'

A swarm of bees almost destroyed a man's 11-year-old car after deciding to make it their home.

Clueless as to why the car would not pass its MOT, Alf James, 81, took the £2,000 Peugeot 106 into his local Bosch Car Service garage in Haslingden, Lancashire, to get it checked.

The mechanics at the garage were shocked to discover that two of the vehicle's cylinder head ports were completely covered with honeycomb.

Mr James, a retired environmental technician from Park Avenue, Haslingden, said: "I thought the garage was playing a trick on me, I thought it was a joke."

"My garden is a haven for bees - we were even on BBC Radio Lancashire a few years ago reporting on the huge problem we have, it's a real hassle for us in the summer months. Never in my years did I think that the bees would make my car their home."

Mr James, who had been using the car once or twice a week, said it had been running a little bit worse every time he used it.

The problem had only became apparent to him though when he took his car for an MOT and it failed the emissions test.

Neil Wright manager of Haslingden Bosch Car Service Garage said: "In nearly 25 years of working in this business, I have never seen anything like this."

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