Fears were growing in the Wasp community of South London on Monday of a surge in hate attacks against wasps in the wake of the recent stinging of a mother of three in Carshalton.
The incident, which left the woman with a nasty swelling, dominated all discussions within the immediate family for several hours. Within 24 hours, news of the attack had spread as far as West Croydon.
The wasp was killed at the scene by the husband soon after the incident - decapitated with a badminton racket - however the death of the insect has done nothing to quell surging anti-wasp sentiment in the area.
"We've had enough of those stripey yellow bastards", one local resident told reporters whilst walking his dog. Authorities also fear that an attempted arson attack on a beehive yesterday may have been connected to the incident.
The bees have issued a statement condemning the wasp attack and reminding all insects that stings should only be ever used in self-defence as an absolute last resort.
Wasp leaders, have refused to outright condemn the attack, and have raised alarm at the level of tension in the community. "Today, we saw four people carrying rolled-up newspapers. This provocation is escalating an already tense situation", their spokeswasp announced.
Summer is a traditional time of friction between the human and wasp communities, and this incident has brought relations to an all-time low.
However, on a more positive note, the wasps have called for calm and for a greater understanding of wasp-human relations. "We believe we can peacefully co-exist with humanity", the spokeswasp continued, "and we look forward to a return to normality, hopefully in time for your wonderful summer picnics."