Intruder damages GM research site

A 50-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage after an incident at a research centre testing genetically modified wheat.

Hector Christie, from Devon, was arrested following a break-in at the Rothamsted Research centre in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, on Sunday.

Scientists at the centre are combining modern genetic engineering with their knowledge of natural plant defences to test if wheat that can repel aphid attack works in the field. Mr Christie has been bailed to reappear in court on 13 July.