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Man charged with five burglaries in Harpenden

A man has been charged with five burglaries in Harpenden and has admitted to committing a further 40 across the county.

Dennis Skiller, aged 32 and from Eagle Close in Leighton Buzzard, was arrested on 9 May.

He admitted five burglaries which occurred in Harpenden between May 3 and 5. Having spent time in custody, he admitted a further 40 offences which took place in Berkhamsted, Tring and Harpenden, as well as in Buckinghamshire.

He appeared at Hatfield Remand Court yesterday and was remanded into custody. He is next due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on May 29.


'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.

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