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Stevenage satellite to monitor the world's forests from space

A rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia. Credit: PA

Scientists will soon be able to monitor the earth's forests from space thanks to a new satellite to be built at Stevenage's Airbus Defence team.

The project called 'Biomass' follows on from last week's test of its Mars Rover by astronaut Tim Peake.

The Biomass probe will provide information to climate researchers all over the world when it is launched in 2021.

It will make 3D maps of forests across the globe and measure the amount of carbon present.

It will also pick up any annual changes.

Collecting accurate data on the world's biomass is key to our understanding of the world's climate.

We are very pleased to help ESA with this mission that will provide key data for scientists and climate scientists around the world.

– François Auque, Head of Space Systems

Detectives make fifth arrest arrest in Stevenage murder probe

Detectives investigating a murder in Stevenage have made a fifth arrest.

Officers were called to Angle Ways on Thursday April 21st after a man was found lying in the street. The man, in his 40s, was taken to the Lister Hospital. He died of a stab wound.

A 49 year old man from the local area was arrested last night on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. He remains in police custody at this time.

Four others, arrested on suspicion of murder, also remain in police custody.

The man was stabbed to death in Stevenage Credit: ITV Anglia

We have now established the incident began at a property in Long Leaves and currently this area remains cordoned off. We are continuing to appeal for any witnesses and information about what happened and would also like to reassure the local community that we believe this to be an isolated incident.”

– Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit
  • Those arrested on suspicion of murder are as follows:
  • A 57-year-old man from Stevenage
  • An 18-year-old man from London
  • A 43-year-old woman from Stevenage
  • A 35-year-old man from Stevenage


Video: Man remains in hospital after devastating explosion at Stevenage home

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was rescued from an explosion at his home in Stevenage.

Fire crews were called to a semi-detached house on Cavell Walk in the east of the town - just before 9.30pm on Friday 24th March.

They rescued a man and two dogs at the scene.

The emergency services are still investigating what caused the explosion - but they're looking into a possible gas leak. However fire crews say it could be days before they know what has happened.

Stevenage explosion: neighbours tell of "almighty bang"

Most of the house was ripped apart by the explosion Credit: ITV News Anglia

Neighbours have been describing how they heard an "almighty bang" after an explosion in Stevenage last night.

A man is in hospital after he was found amid the rubble of his house in Cavell Walk.

The homeowner was found in the garden and it's believed he had gone back into the house to rescue his two dogs.

He's being treated for burns in hospital.


Picture: House flattened in major Stevenage blast

The view from a neighbour's window. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A house has been destroyed following a major explosion in Stevenage last night.

This picture, taken from a neighbour's window, shows the extent of the damage.

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Man in hospital with serious injuries following Stevenage explosion

A man was insured in the house explosion. Credit: @Cave_Art_Films

A man is in hospital with serious injuries following a house explosion in Stevenage last night.

Crews were called at around 9:20pm to the house in Cavell Walk in the town.

The homeowner was found in the garden and it's believed he had gone back into the house to save his dogs.

Neighbouring residents were evacuated while the firefighters tackled the flames but have now returned to their homes.

Police say they're still treating the cause of the fire as unexplained, but added that a possible gas leak is a current line of enquiry.

Man injured after house explosion in Stevenage

Credit: @Cave_Art_Films

Firefighters were called to a major fire in Stevenage last night.

There were reports of an explosion at just after 10:45pm at a property in Cavell Walk.

Four crews were sent to the scene. A man was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital for treatment. Two dogs were also rescued from the property.

Twitter user @phild30 captured some footage of the blaze.

The other half of the semi-detatched house, which was also damaged, was evacuated. Those living in other nearby houses were also asked to leave home for around 2 hours.

Credit: @Cave_Art_Films
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