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Men plead not guilty to Hatfield murder

Two men have pleaded not guilty to murdering a 24-year-old man in Hertfordshire in July.

Mikel Cela, 22, of Mountway Close in Welwyn Garden City and Amariloo Brami, 22, of Walnut Grove also in Welwyn Garden City, are accused of stabbing to death Darren Leonard at a flat on Northfield in Hatfield on Wednesday 11 July 2012. .

They appeared at St Albans Crown Court, where they both denied murder and conspiracy to rob. Both men were remanded in custody by Judge Stephen Gullick for a trial due to start on 7 January next year

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Woman dies in shopping centre fall.

Hatfield's Galleria shopping centre was surrounded by police vehicles and ambulances this afternoon after a woman fell from the roof.

Detectives were called at 1.40pm after reports from witnesses.

The woman died at the scene. Her family has been informed but the death is not thought to be suspicious.

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Dealer hid drugs inside his body

A drug dealer was caught with more than 30 wraps of class A drugs hidden inside his body.

Police acting on information that Abubakar Saddiq, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, was dealing drugs, stopped him on the A1 at the Black Cat roundabout on July 16.

Officers searched his car and found a wrap of drugs.

He was arrested and kept under constant supervision and after 17 days in custody, Saddiq admitted concealing drugs and 36 wraps , worth around £3,500, were subsequently recovered.

He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court this morning.

He will be sentenced at a later hearing.

Man in court on murder charge

A man charged with the murder of Hatfield man Darren Leonard appeared in court today.

Mikel Cela, 22, of Mountway Close in Welwyn Garden City, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for a preliminary hearing. He is charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

He was remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on September 24th this year.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact detectives working on Operation Bulrush either by calling them direct on 01707 355959 or by calling the police non-emergency number 101.

Man due in court over Hatfield death

A man is due to appear in court this morning (Saturday 21 July) charged with the murder of a 24-year-old man in Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

Mikel Cela, from Welwyn Garden City, is accused of murdering Darren Leonard at a flat in Northfield on Wednesday 11 July. He is due at Hatfield Remand Court this morning, where he will also face a charge of conspiracy to rob.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ross of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said he believed that more than one person was involved, and appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

Police ask for help to solve murder

Police in Hertfordshire are appealing for the public's help in solving the murder of a 24-year-old man in Hatfield.

Darren Leonard was stabbed to death in the Northfield area of Hatfield late on Wednesday evening.

Detectives are conducting house to house inquiries and monitoring CCTV footage.

They are asking for anyone who may have seen anything unusual on Wednesday night through to the early hours of Thursday morning to come forward.

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Police: Murdered man had been stabbed

A 24-year-old man who died after he was found seriously injured at a house in Hertfordshire had been stabbed, police said.

Darren Leonard was discovered at 11.30pm on Wednesday after police were called to reports of a disturbance at an address in the Northfield area of Hatfield.

Ambulance crews were also called to the property and Mr Leonard was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but died shortly afterwards.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said a post-mortem examination carried out on Thursday afternoon revealed he died as a result of stab wounds.

We are determined to catch the people who killed Darren and will leave no stone unturned in order to find them.

We are keen to speak to anyone who has information about this incident. If you saw anything unusual on Wednesday evening through into the early hours of Thursday morning in that area, please get in touch with the Operation Bulrush team by calling 101."

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

The force spokeswoman said a significant murder inquiry is under way. Police have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the Northfield area and monitoring CCTV footage from local cameras, among other lines of investigation.

Detectives launch murder investigation

A murder inquiry has been launched after a man was found with serious injuries at a house in Hatfield.

The man was discovered at 11.30pm last night after police were called to an address in the Northfield area of the town after reports of a disturbance.

The man - who has not been identified, was taken to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage where he died.

Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are working to establish the events leading up to the time of his death.

We would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything unusual in the Northfield area last night.

If you have any information at all – no matter how small – please call police as soon as possible.

– Lead investigator, DI Martin Brunning, Hertfordshire Constabulary

Police are also appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about this incident to come forward.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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