Suspected Hitchin burglar admits threats to kill – but denies firearm possession

PUBLISHED: 14:47 19 June 2018

St Albans Crown Court, where 56-year-old Daniel Lambie appeared yesterday. Picture: Danny Loo

St Albans Crown Court, where 56-year-old Daniel Lambie appeared yesterday. Picture: Danny Loo

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A suspected burglar from Hitchin has admitted threatening to kill police officers during an overnight siege in Hitchin – but denies charges including firearm possession.

Daniel Lambie admitted assault and making threats to kill when he appeared before Judge Jonathan Carroll at St Albans Crown Court yesterday.

He pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, assaulting a police officer and burglary.

The 56-year-old, of Woolgrove Road, was arrested in the early hours on May 16 after police including armed officers and the dog unit surrounded a house near the street’s corner with High Dane from about 7.30pm the previous night.

The defendant is accused of entering a house in Hitchin’s Sanfoine Close, stealing an urn and assaulting someone. The imitation firearm he is alleged to have possessed has been described in court papers as “a metal cylinder”.

Judge Carroll remanded him in custody. He is set to stand trial at St Albans Crown Court during the week starting September 3, with the proceedings expected to last three days.

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