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'Sniffer bees' used to detect bombs

The 'sniffer bees'

We know that sniffer dogs are used to check airport baggage for explosives, but soon there could be a new weapon in the fight against terrorism... sniffer bees!

Inscentinel, a company based in Harpenden in Hertfordshire, is developing a hand held device which has bees inside it.

It uses their incredible sense of smell to detect explosives and could one day be used in airports.



Police guard GM crop site

Police guard GM crops at Harpenden Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia

There's a heavy police presence at at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden after protestors planning action over a genetically modified wheat trial there were banned from going anywhere near the crop.St Albans council has secured extra police powers to stop them going on to the land.

GM crops at Harpenden Credit: Lauren Carter, ITV Anglia

The media have been given a guided tour of the land where genetically modified wheat trials are being carried out. A group called Take the Flour Back are due to protest over the open air trials of genetically modified wheat.

Rare coins stolen

Rare coins including one with an image of Colonel Gaddafi have been stolen from a house in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

It happened sometime between Saturday 11 February and the Saturday 18 February on Piggottshill Lane, where someone forced entry through the front door.

The gold coloured commemorative Gaddafi coin is in a small red coin box and has Arabic writing. The second coin is a silver football medal from 1970 with, ‘British University Soccer Federation Cup’ written on one side.

DC Andy Greenman, who is investigating the burglary, said:

“These items are very distinctive so I’m hoping that someone may remember being offered them for sale at some point. If you have or you know anything about the burglary, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the non-emergency number 101.”

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