Hatfield man charged with murder

A MAN from Hatfield has been charged with murder.

Richard Clare, 37, of Fern Dells, will appear before magistrates this morning (Monday).

He has been charged with the murder of 43-year-old Hatfield man Peter McConnell on March 21, although no body has been found.

Neighbours told the Welwyn Hatfield Times a large bonfire was seen at the address, which backs on to university land, on that date.

One resident said the smell was “acrid”.

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“This wasn’t your average garden waste. It burnt for over an hour,” he said.

A police spokeswoman said they cannot confirm whether the bonfire is linked at this time.

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Forensic teams are currently at the scene and are about to enter the property.

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